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Interview with Mankichi Shinshi

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DavidSanchini is a group administrator DavidSanchini says:

Seoul, Korea / Aug. 15th, 2014

- Mankichi Shinshi can you introduce yourself to viewers out there?

Nowadays, I’m fascinated by "street photography". But I didn’t get any education about photography (in school). At the beginning of 2013, I got a point and shot camera by a friend’s suggestion, and I started taking photographs. Due to my time schedule, I walked and took some photos, on midnight, of streets without any people. At that time, it was interesting to push a shutter button and get some pictures. But now I am no longer interested in. Gradually, I go outside under the sunlight to look for peoples.

- How did you hear about street photography and what you want in the streets?

I still don’t know well about what is street photography. People may not have the same opinion. I think that we don’t have to be swayed by any rules, kinds, if it is good to see. I’m interested in only two kinds : “unposed situation” and “in public space”. What I want to do is to make a new work to tell stories never told before. Even if something don’t have special meaning, it will become the important element of the new drama by finding some relations or acts. Often said, “photograph is reflection of truth”, but I don’t think so. There are as many truths as there are people.The camera is the tool approving « the original world » confirming « the original truth » and saying « Yes » by « the power » of the photographer’s point of view.

- How do you think your photography reflects your personality?

From early childhood, I was being told « You are contrariness ! Be obedient ! ». Certainly, it’s better to follow the social rules. But in the field of art, nothing is correct and nothing is wrong. Only exist is the feeling of like and dislike. Maybe my photos reflects such a thought.

- What inspires your creative vision?

Of course I like seeing the photograph, listening to the music, reading the novels and watching the movies. But for me, the most important is the personality. For example, I like the musician playing and songwriting alone without any promoter. I can be inspired strongly by something like that.

- Who are the street photographers (classic and contemporary) who inspire you?

I think that my photos are not similar to theirs, I like Alex Webb, Constantine Manos, Joseph Koudelka. Their photos give me some desire to visit other countries. They teach me that world is very large, and more interesting than I think. And I love Lee Friedlander’s originality and humorous point of view.
On the other hand, I love the photographs on Flickr (of course included “Another Street”). I can see that many original points of view are growing daily all around the world. And I can notice the variety of “Yes” to the world. It’s a very fantastic thing !

To see his work:

Of other photos of Mankichi Shinshi:

Chefchaouen, Morocco / May. 1st, 2014

Seoul, Korea / Aug. 14th, 2014

Seoul, Korea / Aug. 12th, 2014

Tanger, Morocco / May. 3rd, 2014

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan / Jul. 20th, 2014

A big thanks to Mankichi Shinshi
Originally posted at 10:09AM, 21 October 2014 PST (permalink)
DavidSanchini edited this topic 61 months ago.

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Mankichi Shinshi says:

Thank you very very much, David !
64 months ago (permalink)

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Ryosuke Takamura says:

congrats mankichi !
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