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Suginami is one of 23 ku, or wards, of Tokyo, an area of the city where I lived for 5 years. Houses and apartments there are sited tightly together; narrow streets and even narrower paths wind around themselves, creating a maze of walls, fences, gates and plants that carefully delimit private space from public.

Daily walks took me in, around and through the margins of this area of the city for hours on end. "Suginami" is an exploration of the ways this landscape layers in the edges of a frame, of the transformation of light inside the dark box of the camera and of the space of discovery between the viewfinder and the eye.

7×7 inches / 80 pages / 68 tritone photographs

also see :
One Thing Done Two Ways: Elijah Gowin and James Luckett on Making a Book

HHS: Contender Review by Stacy Oborn

Walks through Suginami by Sheila Newbery


About the Author

James Luckett
consumptive Springfield, Ohio

James has worked in photography for over twenty years, holds an MFA degree from The University of Arizona, and has taught photography classes in Tucson and Chicago. Currently he lives and works in Ohio, teaching photography at Art Academy of Cincinnati and Edison Community College. An accumulation of his interests can be seen at

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