“ a happening ” PHOTOGRAPHS

The photograph is “a happening”.
It is recorded.
The work of my collection and photographers who always respect it from TOKYO. 東京

むら里の昭和 : 福島県白河地方の昭和30年代 /// 近藤 昌好 Masayoshi Kondou


グラフィカ編集室, 2012.12

Thomas Mailaender: The Night Climbers of Cambridge

The Night Climbers of Cambridge by Thomas Mailaender. ISBN 978-0-9570490-9-3. Black velvet hardcover, 25 cm x 33.5 cm, 88 pages, 14 inserts, 64 tritone images, published July 2014
The Night Climbers of Cambridge was published in 1937 by Chatto & Windus, a reputable house that had brought out the first English translations of Proust in 1922. The author was Noël Edward Symington, who went under the name of Whipplesnaith – an alias that combined the Middle English verb whipple, meaning to move around quickly, with an old Norse term for a piece of ground. The idea was that Symington and his accomplices moved quickly around the walls, roofs and spires of the colleges of Cambridge. They kept clear of commercial properties because those were in the public domain – where penalties might be incurred. Amongst the colleges they had only to cope with procters and the police, who didn’t take their misdemeanours too seriously.

Climbing on the walls and roofs of colleges was nothing new. Geoffrey Winthrop Young had written a Roof-Climber’s Guide to Trinity in 1899 as well as Wall and Roof Climbing in 1905. One had to watch out for crumbling stonework and for loose fittings around pipes and guttering. Advance planning was also necessary, for the climbing had to be carried out at night to be safe from guardians of property. It was enjoyable work in itself, but it also put Symington and his friends in touch with the man in the street, most often a policeman who turned up trumps in a tight spot at 3 am.

What was a novelty, though, was that Symington and his accomplices took photographs of themselves in action. These were, after all, formative years in photo-journalism. The climbers carried cameras and used lighting, which, of course, alerted the police, who sometimes feature as interested onlookers. The result is a staged photography, at a time when staged events were commonplace in both the German and the British press – reportage being a collaborative venture in which friends and passers-by acted parts. In London Bill Brandt, a photographer brought up in Germany, specialised in just the kind of staged documentary attempted by the Cambridge climbers.

Even so, Symington and his friends had a point of view, downplayed but still spelled out at length in the original publication, in a separate section called ‘Chiefly Padding’. Night-climbing was a low-key activity, made up of nothing more than ‘a string of disconnected incidents’. The participants hardly knew each other, and climbed for the fun of it without the competitive edge that characterised mountaineering and rock-climbing proper. Records were kept, if at all, by individuals, and there were no societies of roof-climbers to regulate behaviour and keep the score. Symington’s night-climber was a secretive, romantic creature, like a character from Buchan ‘crossing a Scottish moor on a stormy night’. Thomas Mailaender, the contemporary artist who acquired the Cambridge climbers’ archive, identifies the night-climber as a prototype – a wary traveller, mixing with others whilst attempting to make his way across a chancy terrain without much in the way of rules and etiquette.

Ian Jeffrey, May 2014


Shomei Tomatsu, Photographer: Masahisa Fukase, 1975.


Shomei Tomatsu, Photographer: Masahisa Fukase, 1975.

I loved the photobook of 2013.

Gasoline /// David Campany

PARIS 48°50N 2°23E /// Ami Sioux

The Looking Game /// Mirko Smerdel

be happy! /// Igor Samolet

Yonder /// Marnix Goossens

karma /// Óscar Monzón

FAR /// Emile Hyperion Dubuisson

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides /// Enrique Metinides

Drawing a Line /// Wataru Yamamoto

Jane & Serge. A Family Album /// Andrew Birkin


One Year for Japan, 2014


For this edition, I have asked 12 photographers to participate (Makoto Hada, Tomoki Imai, Masashi Nagao, Go Itami, Seiji Shibuya, Keizo Kitajima, Rinko Kawauchi, Katsumi Omori, Takashi Homma, Daido Moriyama, Rie Suzuki, and Aya Takada).

The project will help raise funds for the National Parents Network to Protect Children from Radiation (Japan).

7 loose sheets, 18x23,5 cm, edition of 500.

17 euros + shipping.

Get yours on our website : Lozen up

Merci   ! ! !


Sweet Life /// Ed van der Elsken



Keizo Kitajima “Tanesa -SCENERY-” ///  北島 敬三 “種差 -SCENERY-“

CANOFの缶詰 2013年版

「北島敬三 種差撮影ドキュメンタリー」(2013.9.14)
撮影・編集  佐藤英和

ICANOF第11回企画展『北島敬三 種差 SCENERY』
キュレーター:豊島重之 主催:ICANOF 共催:八戸市美術館


Seiji Kurata /// 倉田 精二

Seiji Kurata /// 倉田 精二