#CARVENSEENBY CHIKASHI SUZUKI

Discover the Spring-Summer 2018 collection in Tokyo with Japanese photographer Chikashi Suzuki.

What inspired you to do photography ?

When I was in high school, I was into works by Joseph Beuys (especially his “Coyote” installation works) so I thought in order to be like him, it made more sense to study capitalism, economics and anthropology rather than going to an art school to study art history or art techniques, so I studied economics at the university. During that time, a friend gave me a catalogue of an exhibit called “l'hivier de l'amour” and I found myself attracted to Martin Margiela’s photographs which inspired me to start taking photography.

What were your biggest artistic inspirations growing up ?

All kinds of light…bright or faint. The vague appreciation of beauty I felt when seeing things reflected by these lights.

Have you always lived in Tokyo ?

As a child, I grew up in Chiba, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. I moved to Tokyo when I was 18, lived in Paris for a year when I was 26, then moved back to Tokyo, and the city has been my base since then.

How is your relationship with the city ?

Living in Tokyo means that I can continue to shoot a city that my personal heroes such as William Klein, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Daido Moriyama have also chosen as their subject.

Urban environments are recurring elements in your images. How important are they in your work ?

90% of my work is about Tokyo. The urban environments are the most important elements of my work.

How does Tokyo inspire you?

When I work with people abroad, I find that they see Tokyo from their own unique perspective. When their gaze is combined with mine, there is new and fresh discovery that touches me every time.

How does the Carven girl square into Tokyo ? What makes the Carven girl a Tokyo girl ?

A Tokyo girl wearing Carven will be Tokyo style, a Seoul girl wearing Carven will be Seoul style. According to the city, a new unique side of Carven will be exposed. Girls in any city should be wearing Carven.

Any tips and favourite places in Tokyo ?

Nakano is a place with both the charm of Shinjuku and Akihabara. You also often get to find bargain cameras and books, so I would say it’s my favourite place.

What are your other favourite cities in the world ?

Paris, Taipei and Seoul.

What side of your work did you want to show through the 30 selected pictures in your upcoming Tokyo exhibition, titled "A Fine Day in Tokyo »?

A mundane Tokyo…a genuine Tokyo.

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#CARVENSEENBY CHIKASHI SUZUKI

Discover the Spring-Summer 2018 collection in Tokyo with Japanese photographer Chikashi Suzuki.

What inspired you to do photography ?

When I was in high school, I was into works by Joseph Beuys (especially his “Coyote” installation works) so I thought in order to be like him, it made more sense to study capitalism, economics and anthropology rather than going to an art school to study art history or art techniques, so I studied economics at the university. During that time, a friend gave me a catalogue of an exhibit called “l'hivier de l'amour” and I found myself attracted to Martin Margiela’s photographs which inspired me to start taking photography.

What were your biggest artistic inspirations growing up ?

All kinds of light…bright or faint. The vague appreciation of beauty I felt when seeing things reflected by these lights.

Have you always lived in Tokyo ?

As a child, I grew up in Chiba, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. I moved to Tokyo when I was 18, lived in Paris for a year when I was 26, then moved back to Tokyo, and the city has been my base since then.

How is your relationship with the city ?

Living in Tokyo means that I can continue to shoot a city that my personal heroes such as William Klein, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Daido Moriyama have also chosen as their subject.

Urban environments are recurring elements in your images. How important are they in your work ?

90% of my work is about Tokyo. The urban environments are the most important elements of my work.

How does Tokyo inspire you?

When I work with people abroad, I find that they see Tokyo from their own unique perspective. When their gaze is combined with mine, there is new and fresh discovery that touches me every time.

How does the Carven girl square into Tokyo ? What makes the Carven girl a Tokyo girl ?

A Tokyo girl wearing Carven will be Tokyo style, a Seoul girl wearing Carven will be Seoul style. According to the city, a new unique side of Carven will be exposed. Girls in any city should be wearing Carven.

Any tips and favourite places in Tokyo ?

Nakano is a place with both the charm of Shinjuku and Akihabara. You also often get to find bargain cameras and books, so I would say it’s my favourite place.

What are your other favourite cities in the world ?

Paris, Taipei and Seoul.

What side of your work did you want to show through the 30 selected pictures in your upcoming Tokyo exhibition, titled "A Fine Day in Tokyo »?

A mundane Tokyo…a genuine Tokyo.