Street Scenes: Tatsuo Suzuki, Japan
In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field.
Having been a punk rocker through his teens and early twenties, Tatsuo Suzuki needed an emotional and creative outlet that could fit into his busy schedule once he began working—so he turned to photography. Inspired by the snapshot style of photographer William Klein, Tatsuo’s work is personal and emotionally driven. When shooting a scene, Tatsuo thinks about his audience, wanting them to experience what he’s feeling at that moment, whether it be chaos, passion, or excitement. He uses layers, blur, and movement to convey his feelings through images. He hopes that with time he’ll be able to match—and even surpass—his idol Klein’s ability to reflect on society through his work.
See more of Tatsuo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.
New York in the 1970s, filmed in Super 8 by Irving Schneider
This film of New York City streets, parks, and people was made in the early 1970s by amateur filmmaker Irving Schneider. Includes scenes of Brooklyn Heights, Washington Square and Greenwich Village, the Garment District, Times Square and 42nd Street, and Central Park. Music by John Coltrane.
There are some minor technical glitches caused by the age of the film and the transfer from Super 8 to digital video.
Music: My Favorite Things Part 1 by John Coltrane
Random footage taken at 88th and Broadway, 1971