Nouvelle Vague, Juxtaposition, and Whimsy

Keiichi Ichikawa

Keiichi Ichikawa is a self-employed designer. Though relatively new to street photography, Keiichi has wholly embraced the genre and street photography lifestyle. His images are filled with light and shadow play, urban geometry, and strong contrast. Keiichi's work also often includes clever juxtapositions and even a bit of whimsy. He is that rare photographer who is instantly identified with a single click of the mouse.

I was born in 1968. I live in Chigasaki, Japan and am a self-employed designer and avid street photographer. I began shooting street photography two years ago, mainly in Tokyo and Yokohama. Capturing the unexpected is what draws me to street photography. Street scenes, for me, are like scenes in a movie or acts in a play. I enjoy the fantasy that takes place in the street that is normally overlooked by the unobservant. Keiichi Ichikawa

Kujaja: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
KI: My style is street photography, specifically I shoot the landscapes of people and cities. I prefer to move about unobserved because I want to record the truth in the moments I capture. It is important to carefully observe the people and activity that surround you when you are in the shooting street. Things happen unexpectedly. Those events can be very funny. They are also, at times, quite beautiful. It is important that you do not miss such moments, moments that will never again be repeated. For me, these street scenes are as interesting and exciting as scenes from any movie. However, these scenes also reflect me and what I want to express with each image.

Kujaja: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
KI: I have received a lot of inspiration from movies. I am particularly interested in the Nouvelle Vague films of the 60’s and 70’s, American New Cinema, and also the 80’s and 90's road movies.

Kujaja: What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?
KI: Street photography is the best means of self-expression for me.

Kujaja: What do you think makes a memorable street photograph?
KI: Unexpected things, decisive moments, and the light and shadow that people and the city produce.

Kujaja: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
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Paris, Film Noir, Hitchcock

Elizabeth Char

Elizabeth Char lives in Paris, France. Though she has a career in the television industry, her true passion is street photography. Elizabeth believes that street photography is a kind of active meditation or therapy. Her view of the street is one that captures the everyday elegance of those around her through attentiveness to even the smallest gesture that makes us human. While Char looks mostly for her inspiration on the city streets, she is also drawn to the language of the summer seaside.

I was born in Paris in 1956 and I live here still. I have a 33 year old daughter. I work for French TV. About photography: I always say that photography came to me. I didn't choose it. I always knew that I had a sensibility, a 'touch' with pictures, even before I had a camera. Elizabeth Char

Kujaja: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
EC: It is difficult for me to talk about my photographic style. I am an instinctual person so my instincts and feelings guide my way of photographing. I like to be close up to the people I photograph and I like to add a "dramatic" touch by accentuating the contrast. I am very influenced by "film noir", which comes through in my photography.

Kujaja: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
EC: Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Jacques Tati, Anton Tchekhov, Aragon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Cezanne, van Gogh, Canaletto and many others.

Kujaja: Have you ever had formal training?
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Shadows, Lights, Colors, and Jazz

Rudy Boyer

Born in 1984, Rudy Boyer lives in Nice, France. He has been engaged in street photography for over a few years. That time frame was enough to create the passion he now has for street photography. To Rudy, it is more than a passion; it is truly a pleasure.

I am 30 and live in Nice, in the south of France. I am responsible for a structures analysis laboratory in the building sector. I am passionate about photos but also music, I have been playing jazz guitar for ten years. Rudy Boyer

Kujaja: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
Rudy Boyer: I do not really have a particular style. I like black and white and color, even if I have a slight preference for color (right now). But it is true that I am more about the shadows and light.

Kujaja: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
Rudy Boyer: For my part, I think it is time. I never have enough. I always have too much to do.

Kujaja: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
Rudy Boyer: Besides photography, I also make music and I listen to a lot. I do not know if it affects me in my photos, but we will consider that a yes. I think it is the 'set' of all that mingles in our lives.

Kujaja: Have you ever had formal training?
Rudy Boyer: No, like most street photographers, but I was fortunate to be in a family where the picture was always present. My father was also a photographer as a young man. That is more than training, it is inspiration.

Kujaja: What are your photography weaknesses?

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People, Cities, World Travel

Francesco Segantini

Segantini lives in Perugia, Italy. He studied Natural Science at the university so his photographic journey began with nature and landscape photography. However, because of his love for people and their special moments, Francesco found that he actually preferred street photography. Segantini is a world traveler. Though he enjoys learning about the people and cultures in the cities he visits, he loves visiting the small villages of Italy.

I live in Perugia, Italy. I began with nature and landscape photography because I studied Natural Science at the university. But, because of my love for people and their special moments, I found that I actually preferred street photography. I have traveled the world and do enjoy learning about the people and cultures of the cities I visit, but my true love is visiting the small villages of Italy. Francesco Segantini

Kujaja: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
FS: My photographic style is mostly street photography because I like to stop images of daily life of people in various situations. I like to take pictures during my travels, but also in the area where I live because I always carry my camera. I am experiencing more and more photographs that provides the close encounter with the subjects. Photography is the art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in a common place.

Kujaja: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
FS: Having the ability to see the photo you want to shoot in advance and to have the ability to process a message from the person and the ensuing emotions.

Kujaja: Who are the photographers that inspire you?
FS: I like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berengo Gardin, and Elliott Erwitt.

Kujaja: Have you ever had formal training?
FS: I started self-taught but I recently attended an advanced course and I'm part of a photographic association CPA where there is much talk about photography.

Kujaja: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
FS: Actually, I'd like to improve more in street photography, but I still like environmental portraits and fashion photography. I believe there is still much to learn.

Kujaja: How has photography changed you as a person?

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Social Problems and the Human Condition

Moniruzzaman Apon

Moniruzzaman Apon lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apon considers himself a ‘natural’ photographer. Not unlike a documentary photographer, he wants to visualize social problems through his photography. His life’s goal is to see the world and take photos to share with the world.

I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I consider myself a ‘natural’ photographer. Not unlike a documentary photographer, I want to visualize social problems through my photography. I want to see the world, capture what I see and share my images with the world. Moniruzzaman Apon

Kujaja: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
MA: I think each and every photographers face problems striving to be a good photographer.

Kujaja: Who inspires you other than photographers (artists, writers, music, architects, and philosophers)?
MA: I have always been inspired by Leonardo da Vinci as an artist. Apart from photography, I find Michael Jackson inspiring.

Kujaja: Have you ever had formal training?

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