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Barnacle Island Photo Book by Patrick Tsai

Patrick Tsai was a volunteer helper at Giant Robot long ago. I've kept in sporadic touch with him over the last many years and watched him go from a filmmaker who had a short film project that made it to Sundance to blogging about his life and love in China and then his life in Japan. I've missed out on his previous books which has sold out, but this time I got one. Photography can be confusing. Who gives who the winning ticket? Just because we shoot photos with our phones or cameras, does that make us any better than the one who does it as a "pro"? The answer is no. You can pot shot your way to Instagram...

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Photographer Mikiko Hara Article in Getty Iris

An article on Japanese photographer Mikiko Hara is in Getty Iris, their online magazine. Last week, Mikiko Hara visited GR2 and performed a slide presentation, spoke about her work, and signed books. (See our previous blog post) The interview for Getty Iris took place at GR2, and thanks to the author, Sarah Waldorf for the mention of Giant Robot. It was an honor to host Mikiko Hara and the associated Getty staff. The above photo is of Mikiko Hara being interviewed. Kio Griffith is on the left doing translation. That's Sarah Waldorf on right behind the laptop. We are still carrying Mikiko Hara's limited edition publication, These Are Days, created for her visit. (Link)  Also see the New York Times review of These...

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Mikiko Hara Visits GR2 for a Slide Show and Book Signing

Photographer Mikiko Hara presented a slide show of a collection of her work and spoke about the pieces shows. She prepared statements about what she was showing and outlined her technique which is spans over two decades of work. She uses the pictured camera that's sitting on the table. She wears it like an accessory and shoots without using the viewfinder. She casually observes and records without most subjects knowing.  Her visit to Los Angeles, included other stops, but most notably at the Japan Foundation and at the Getty Museum where she is part of an exhibition of photography called, "In Focus: Tokyo." We will surely see more of her work, and one of the final things she mentioned...

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GR2: Fri Oct 10 7PM - Mikiko Hara Photo Slide Show + Book Signing

GR2: Fri Oct 10 7PM - Mikiko Hara Photo Slide Show + Book Signing Giant Robot 2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 Join us in welcoming Mikiko Hara to GR2. She'll be visiting as part of her Getty exhibition, In Focus Tokyo and will present a slide show of her work. She'll also be signing copies of her new book and we'll have them available at GR2. This slideshow will be a shorter version of her presentation that is scheduled at the Japan Foundation.  From the Getty website, "Although a kaleidoscopic vision would seem to be required to represent the hyperreal megalopolis of Tokyo, the four Japanese photographers in this exhibition have found a way to portray their city...

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Punk Photos B-Shots Exhibition Continues at Balconi

Here’s more info. “Solo show” and “Artist” aren’t two things that go along with my name, but for an evening on Sunday March 30th, I heard it a few times. First, it’s a “solo show”, but “artist” feels like a stretch. I shot photos for pure fun in the late 80s and early to mid 90s. I wanted to keep improving the images and the craft mattered to me. When walking into a venue, I did two things, first, a quick scan of the best vantage points and then I’d figure out how to capture the essence of the band or show. The show mattered too, but I was hell-bent on trying to get an image that captured something great....

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