nagoya train #2

nagoya train #2. May 16, 2013. Nagoya, Japan. iPhone 5. ISO 200. 4.1MM. F/2.4. 1/20. Lightroom.
nagoya train #2. May 16, 2013. Nagoya, Japan.
iPhone 5. ISO 200. 4.1MM. F/2.4. 1/20. Lightroom.

5 thoughts on “nagoya train #2

    1. Haruko, I don’t ask permission. These images are used exclusively for showing, not for commercial purposes. My photos are part of a long tradition of street photography that has a history harking back to the late 1800s where photographers documented people they saw on the street. Past greats who did street photography were Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Edouard Boubat. Today lots of people do street photography, but there are not many great images. One of my favorite contemporary photographers is a Swiss, Thomas Leuthard ( Eric Kim ( has a great website where he generously shares the history of the art and some wonderful advice. I have also seen some good street photography in Word Press. Check out – most of their work is landscape photography, but sometimes you will see street photography.

      Finally, there has always been a debate if it is ethical to take a photograph of people without their permission. I just joined an interesting conversation on a site on Word Press about that. It is legal in nearly every country to take a photo of anyone if it is in a public space. However, how we take photos is important. Be respectful.

      1. I asked because I also took pictures without permission of interesting people in the street. I tried to be as inobtrusive as possilbe, but I did have the impression that many people in Japan did not appreciate being photographed without permission. Some of them looked a bit angry. So I was wondering how other photographers go about it.

        Thank you for the links links and the names of other well known street photographers. I will be sure to check them out.

  1. The Japanese have lots and lots of cameras. They use them and their keitai (cell phones) for every bit of festivals, etc. Having said that, I haven’t seen the Japanese doing street photography. But, then, most people don’t.

    There was a concern a few years ago when cell phones started to included cameras. ‘People’ demanded and the gov’t passed a law not allowing phone cameras to be silent. (In the US, iphones have the option to be silent.) Some nasty old men were believed to be taking pictures under skirts, etc. Don’t know if that was true, but having lived in Tokyo and survived rush hour, I can believe that is true.

    I am pretty surreptitious with my cell phone on the trains, etc. But, no one has frowned at me. At festival, no body cares.

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