Striking Black & White Photographs Capture the Chaotic Streets of Tokyo


While he was born in 1965, it wasn’t until 2008 when Tatsuo Suzuki first picked up a camera with the intent to be a photographer. Since then, he’s been traveling around, camera in-hand, capturing the turbulent street life of Tokyo. Deep in contrast, strong in grain and often paired with a dragged out shutter, his monochrome images seem to paint a perfect picture of the world around him.

From the EXIF data found on his site, most of his latest images seem to be captured with the FujiFilm X-E2, a powerful and portable camera perfectly suited for his street photography style. It’s through the lens of this camera that Suzuki captures the exhaustive chaos that ensues around him everyday, depicting a gritty, first-hand perspective of the busy streets he walks.

Below are a number of images Suzuki was kind enough to share.






















To keep up with Suzuki and his work, you can do so over on his Flickr, as well as his Just a Toy website.

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Image credits: Photographs by Tatsuo Suzuki and used with permission

  • jon

    This is the only photo series in recent memory that actually deserves the time of PetaPixel readers/viewers. Great work.

  • Vlad Dusil

    B/W street work done right.

  • Aezreth

    He’s definitely got a good eye.

  • John R

    The love child of William Klein? Not really, but outstanding work that progresses the style. Every shot a gem.

  • Future is Now

    A very good evolution/synthesis of Klein + Moriyama (who, himself, was inspired by Klein). Still, uniquely Suzuki and off to a good start. My suggestion to him now would be to hit the streets attempting to capture a concept rather than a -look- which is what he’s doing now. Doing so should gradually produce a deflection toward richer imagery within the same style.

    Good work.

  • David Vaughn

    I think somebody should send this photo series to Eric Kim.

  • Martin Garcia

    Now…THIS IS HOW STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SHOULD LOOK LIKE! Very well composed and not just some random crap composition we see posted all over the web!

  • p.rock

    So good to see some actual shadows in B&W work posted here. Great stuff.

  • Adam Cross

    I would really rather see them in colour, it’s Tokyo after all.

  • Kris J Boorman

    This made me miss Tokyo. Outstanding stuff.

  • Kin

    Inappropriate and lazy title…Tokyo isn’t chaotic at all….a better description is “controlled mass movement” and thats what Suzuki-san should try to capture as a project.

  • 1000nunsandorphans

    This is what photography used to look like. +1

  • Fullstop

    This is good photography.

  • Ami Strachan

    He has his own style!

  • Ryan Ling

    Good hunt for the composition. Reminds me of Daido’s work.

  • Richard

    I’ve been following him for a while on Flickr. Outstanding photographer with a great style and a consistently interesting body of work.

  • Fabio Nodari

    Finally some beautiful pictures…

  • Norshan Nusi

    Dang, he’s good!

  • Angel Gonzales

    amazing photo essay, keep them coming please!

  • flightofbooks

    He should capture what he sees. Not what you want him to see for ideological reasons.

    But if you really see it like that, why don’t you go do that project? I’m sure we’d all love to see what you come up with.

  • flightofbooks

    I’m not sure what you mean. His compositions aren’t particularly ‘good’ in classical terms and are kind of all over the place.

    Not that this is a criticism, I think this is a big part of what makes his images work.

  • flightofbooks

    thanks for looking out for the rest of us as the ultimate arbitrary of what we should and should not find interesting. you’re doing a bang up job.

  • flightofbooks

    Your reply is caught in moderation limbo so I can’t respond directly, but my point is that I just don’t get why you insist that Tatsuo Suzuki’s vision of Tokyo align with your own. And the demand that we accept that there’s a single version of Tokyo (or any city for that matter), that all residents experience in the same way is absolutely ideological. That kind of objective reality of something so abstract as the phenomenological experience of a city just doesn’t exist.

    Btw, your collective looks cool and I am definitely going to be bookmarking it so I can read a lot of the articles on there.

  • jon

    No problem, glad to help.