Tatsuo Suzuki, Friction / Tokyo Street

by Xavier Encinas

“Friction / Tokyo Street” is the first photobook by Tatsuo Suzuki, who has amassed a small cult following online with his black-and-white street photography from Tokyo.


Suzuki’s photography forms a modern update to classic street photography, with dense, contrast-rich black-and-white photos throughout Tokyo capturing daily life in sliced instants, each revealing unexpected, momentary meaning and beauty – a girl navigating a zebra crossing, cropped legs standing on a subway platform, shifting reflections in a store window, or a pigeon caught mid-flight.

Exclusive interview with Tatsuo Suzuki

“Through my own eyes and my street shots I would like to express: the tension, the edged frustration, the taut atmosphere and the feelings that beat, inherent in the city.”

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