I first arrived in Tokyo in 1976, intending to stay a day or two on my way to SE Asia. I checked my luggage at the airport, took the train into the city and got off at the bright lights of Shinjuku. I wandered the streets all night and by morning decided I was going to stay. —Greg Girard
About Tokyo-Yokosuka: 1976–1983
The photographs in Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983 are about the Tokyo I was living in at the time. It would be some years later before I started making a living as a magazine photographer and many years after that before I started to consider this early, mostly unpublished, work from Japan to be significant.
These photographs are the result of that decision by a 20 year-old photographer, and the momentum from that first impression turned me loose in a city I never tire of photographing, both during the years I lived there and on subsequent visits.
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Meet the Artist
Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer whose work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades. City of Darkness Revisited,released in 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their seminal book, City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City (Watermark, 1993).
Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, his photographic monograph, Phantom Shanghai(Magenta, Toronto, 2007), with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, looks at the rapid and at times violent transition of Shanghai as the city raced to make itself “modern again” at the beginning of the 21st Century.
Other titles include Hanoi Calling (Magenta, Toronto, 2010) and In the Near Distance (Kominek, Berlin, 2010), a book of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986.
Girard’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and other public and private collections. He is represented in Canada by Monte Clark Gallery. In addition to book projects and gallery work, Girard is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine. “How the DNA Revolution is Changing Us” appeared in the August 2016 issue. Other stories include “Can China Go Green?”, “The Kingdom of David and Solomon”, and “Bitter Waters: China’s Water Crisis.”