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    waynevaldez says:

    "wonderful work -so glad i found you"

    August 6th, 2009

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    motionid says:

    "There is no better photographer alive than Jim O'Connell.
    Compared to him, I am a hack."

    December 25th, 2008

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    hern42 says:

    "There is my photography before Jim O'Connel, and there is my photography after Jim O'Connel.
    Enough said..."

    March 5th, 2008

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    arneee  (苹果) says:

    "This guy takes the camera out to the streets where I would keep it away. To be honest, he has the guts to concentrate on what he is doing. Also very lovely that he shoots blackandwhite. Five stars rating."

    February 13th, 2008

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    The Foamy Green says:

    "Jim is the real deal. Restless without a camera (or at least a strong drink) in his hand. Says only what is necessary. Shoots only what is essential. Black and white isn't just his métier, it's the air he breathes."

    January 2nd, 2008

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    Pete Barr-Watson says:

    "Inspirational fairy dust, simple as that. Looking through western eyes almost every photo from Japan has interest because things are just so different, but Jim's work is different again and opens up a fabulous story about life in Tokyo. These photo's have taught me to look with different eyes through my own lens. Love it!"

    October 31st, 2007

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    flux_us says:

    " is a cornucopia of amazing photographs but Jim O'Connell's work is outstanding. His photos inspire me and let me see my hometown (Tokyo) in a different way."

    September 16th, 2007

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    Zebrio says:

    "Jim O'connell is the Shane McGowan of photograpy..."

    July 12th, 2007

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    Uchujin says:

    "Damn Zebrio beat me to it.....

    One day they'll say of us, that we were the guys that shot with Jim O'Connell.

    Yeh Right!!

    But seriously,Jim is a cantankerous,arrogant,wheat intolerant old perverted bastard......who takes GREAT photos and who's dedication and commitment is an inspiration.I love him and his work.

    But for God sake don't tell him I said that."

    June 29th, 2007

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    ferand says:

    "Jim's work inspires me. Not only that, this guy knows how to write."

    May 22nd, 2007

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    Mac... says:

    "He don't look half bad for 100"

    January 2nd, 2007

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    Adam Schuetze says:

    "I'll keep this short and sweet. Jim is a giant of street photography. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. A giant."

    December 21st, 2006

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    Morioka, Japan says:

    "I truly love the freedom in Jim's Photography."

    December 2nd, 2006

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    TommyOshima says:

    "Incredible Eyes to punch a hole in our reality.
    Someday I wish I could shoot like Jim, and Burst myself into photography as he does. Bravo!"

    October 28th, 2006

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    Sylvia Garassino says:

    "You see, there's this thing you have to know about Jim.
    But I don't know it yet*, so don't ask me.

    *yet. YET."

    October 11th, 2006

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    tasteful stone says:

    "Jim's work belongs in VII and Magnum for sure. His eye for black and white photography is that of a true artist. The scenes you capture make you feel that you are part of the environment. When I started photographing my passion was in documentary photography and later I transitioned into glamour. Now, I miss this style very much."

    September 26th, 2006

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    Eddie . . says:

    "Like his photos."

    September 14th, 2006

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    mzec says:

    "Jim's photostream rocks so hard it ought to be banned by the Inquisition."

    June 15th, 2006

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    asterope* says:

    "jim is truly an inspiration to me... his mastery of light and knowing exactly when to press that button... capturing all the life and bustle and energy of tokyo, in black and white and in depth!!
    his tips and tricks for wicked pics in the darkroom... stand processing extraordinaire!
    and being a fond fan of the nikkormat :D
    one day i'll get to see japan, until then im more than happy to see it through jim's eyes!"

    June 1st, 2006

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    sniffles says:

    "Jim's photos -- be they of street scenes or of people, or of details of small things too easily-missed -- are always full of depth and emotional warmth. Having witnessed first-hand his passion for photography and his raw instinctive gift for capturing the spirit of the moment, he is one of the very few people whose intelligence and sensitivity I truly admire. He may be modest about his skills when asked, but I hope one day he'll realise he's not going to hide it very well :) (And thanks for those darkroom lessons in your kitchen mate!)"

    April 20th, 2005

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