Shin Noguchi is a freelance graphic designer and street photographer based in Kamakura and Tokyo, Japan. He describes his street photography as an attempt to capture extraordinary moments of excitement, beauty and humanism among the flow of everyday life and has an approach that is sensitive to the subtleties and complexities of Japanese culture. He is also a member of the Street Photographers collective. Eric Kim, a contributor to the Leica blog, conducted this interview.
Q: It’s a great pleasure to have you Shin. Can you share how you first got interested in street photography?
A: It was a book “A l’est de Magnum 1945-1990″ by Magnum Photos. I saw it in my teens and it made me conscious about street photography for the first time. Before I saw that book, I thought art and documentary were opposite from one another. However, I was surprised to see in that book, while reflecting on our daily life as it was with its various, overflowing emotions such as pleasure and sorrow; they were masterfully expressing their artistic opinion as street photographers by skillfully taking in elements such as composition and timing as well as light and shadow.