Anya Campbell and Sato Shintaro

I came across Anya Campbell in Photography: The New Basics by Diprose and Robbins, a book recommended to me by my tutor.

The book included an image by Campbell, of a horse and trap. She had used a slow shutter to capture movement, and the image, though it cuts out the horse’s head on one side of the frame, and the rider’s head at the other, is striking in its portrayal of movement and the point at which the rider and horse come together. This image prompted me to look further at this photographer’s work.

Campbell’s Parties project uses artificial light to create bright and vivid images with intense colour. Her work reminded me of the street work of Sato Shintaro.

‘Japanese photographer Sato Shintaro uses the ‘blue hour’, the period of time between dusk and night, to depict a Tokyo made of light. His series Night Lights demonstrates that night photography doesn’t have to be dark.’ (Course notes p 85)



These images contrast strikingly with the work of other photographers taking images of the city at night, producing photographs that show the city as bright and lively, beautiful and exciting. See my post on Brassai   for a contrast to Shintaro’s night time city images. I like the work of both these photographers but am struck by how very different they are.


Diprose, G. and Robins, J. (2012) Photography: The new basics: Principles, techniques and practice. London: Thames & Hudson.


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