The third in the trilogy of Greg Girard’s journals from his earliest archives
‘I first arrived in Tokyo in 1976, intending to stay a day or two on my way to SE Asia. I checked my luggage at the airport, took the train into the city and got off at the bright lights of Shinjuku. I wandered the streets all night and by morning decided I was going to stay’ – Greg Girard
The photographs in Tokyo 1976–1983 are about the Tokyo I was living in at the time. It would be some years later before I started making a living as a magazine photographer and many years after that before I started to consider this early, mostly unpublished, work from Japan to be significant. These photographs are the result of that decision by a twenty-year-old photographer, and the momentum from that first impression turned me loose in a city I never tire of photographing, both during the years I lived there and on subsequent visits.