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Tokyo in the 1970s, a Pre-Blade Runner City

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We can’t get enough of these stunning images by Canadian photographer Greg Girard, recently featured on designboom.

after first arriving in 1976 – for what was intended only to be a short visit – girard then made the decision to stay in tokyo. working part-time during the day as an english teacher, the photographer would spend his evenings exploring the city’s night life and entertainment districts, often wandering the streets between the time the last trains stopped and first trains of the day began. girard also started photographing in nearby yokosuka, southwest of tokyo, home to a sprawling US navy base and the many bars and clubs clustered around it. renting a darkroom and making black and white prints, and sending his slide film to a commercial processing lab, the photographs from this period remained largely unseen until the magenta foundation published the work earlier in 2019.

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