Greg Girard's work is what one might dream of if practicing an experiment of simultaneously watching Blade runner, Chungking Express and Trainspotting while paging through a 1970's photobook from Japan. The book is dense with masterfully composed photographs that leave the viewer fixed and perplexed all at once: who are these people, where are these places and what's happening?
"When I first arrived in Tokyo in April, 1976 the plan was to spend a few days and then continue on to SE Asia. I decided to stow my luggage at the airport that first night so I could just wander around. I had no idea where I was going to stay. I took the monorail from Haneda airport into the city and then rode the circle of the Yamanote line around Tokyo. When I arrived at Shinjuku I got off the train. It seemed the brightest, noisiest and most crowded part of town. I spent the night wandering around Shinjuku and nearby neighborhoods and by morning I knew I wanted to stay. It’s perhaps worth pointing out that in 1976 there was nothing to prepare a first-time visitor for Tokyo. “BladeRunner-esque” had yet to enter the language. At the time the notion that the future had arrived, and was alive and well in an Asian city, was simply not known. And so, to stumble across it was thrilling and eye-opening.“
Signed Softcover with flaps
208 x 275 mm
Images by Greg Girard
Q&A Brad Feuerhelm
Editing by Greg Girard
Design by Gonzalo Sanchez and Misha Kominek