Who is Shin Noguchi?
Shin Noguchi (@shinnoguchiphotos) is a Japanese street/documentary photographer based in Kamakura, Japan near Tokyo. His new monograph “In Color In Japan”, featuring 158 photos of everyday life in Japan is published by EyeShot and available to purchase, and it will starts shipping on the 30th October.
What are candid photos?
Candid photography is of a completely unplanned moment. You will often see candid photography from street photographers as thats the nature of their craft.
Interesting and surprising moments are just around the corner and people often feel more connected to this type of photography due to its ‘legitimacy’ and upfront style.
What is Shin Noguchi’s series ‘In Color In Japan’ about?
We were lucky enough to speak to Shin a few days ago and ask him this very question. In response, he sent us this project statement:
‘I just listen to the voice of our society. People’s lives are full of humanity — sometimes very sad, sometimes in unreasonable situations. The subjects tell me the meaning and value of life. To take a picture is to affirm the existence of people — the existence of human karma — and it’s also an opportunity to affirm my own existence and accept it as it is. Even if it is difficult to completely erase the boundaries between cultures, races and colours, I strongly believe that, through the steady activity of photography, we can lower the boundaries to a height where children can easily jump over them like a skipping rope.I want to share these beautiful moments with other people and, at the same time, I want them to understand that those extraordinary moments exist in our daily lives and that they can happen anywhere and at any time. ‘I’m here, just here. You’re here, just here. There is something here, something beautiful, something special. It may last but a moment, but we are always connected to each other. I want you to feel that you are not alone, there is always someone in the world keeping an eye on your struggle. I want you to believe it, just as I believe you.’
I feel as though I’ve escaped into his artistic vision before I’ve seen any of his work, so we’re off to a pretty dam good start.
We’ve selected some of our favourite candid photos from his new book “In Color In Japan”:
Shin Noguchi’s Portfolio
Shin Noguchi’s Instagram
Shin Noguchi’s Book (Available to buy!)