“The first photographs that strongly inspired and encouraged me in what I was doing were Thomas Struth’s street pictures. Being an autodidact without formal education, it was all trial and error for him in the beginning. His street picture series, stretching from his home region of North Rhine-Westfalia over New York to Tokyo and Shanghai, intuitively felt right to me as it was neither sensationalistic nor exploiting some superficial exoticism, but felt true and authentic.

It may not come as a surprise, but I feel at home when looking at works from Wright Morris, Walker Evans or William Eggleston. There is a whole tradition of photography discovering the man-made environment we are living in, and I feel like being part of it. Another school of street photography, exemplified by Henri Cartier-Bresson, is following a more journalistic drive, focusing on humans in everyday situations, and while I like that as well, it is nothing that I would like to do myself.”

Tokyo Radiant by Philipp Zechner (4/4)

Leave a Reply