Named after the silver gelatin process used to make analog prints in the darkroom, John Sypal’s “Tokyo Silver Paradise” captures the Japanese capital in black and white pictures. Composed of innocuous and significant moments, observations of peculiar scenes and unique oddities, portrays, snapshots and intuitive captures, Sypal builds a visual archive of his Tokyo experience. Shot mainly in central and eastern parts of the city, the more relaxed, more open, more heartful (but at times disorganized, charmingly chaotic) atmosphere of shitamachi Tokyo unfolds further with every new image.

“Tokyo, ever inexhaustible, is a paradise of silver. Tokyo is photography.”
― from the afterword (included in English and in Japanese translation)

-Book Size
200 × 200 mm
132 pages, 93 images
-Publication Year
English, Japanese
-Limited Edition

Artist Profile


Born in Nebraska, USA in 1979. After graduating from the University of Nebraska he moved to Japan in 2004 and began exhibiting his photography in 2005. He has held over 30 solo exhibitions over the past 16 years. Select exhibitions include Nebraska, The Good Life (Nikon Salon, 2005), The Difference Between (Konica Minolta Plaza, 2007), Gaijin Like Me (Nikon Salon, 2008), 195 (Kaido Ribbon, 2010), John Sypal Photographs (Yokohama Sogo Leica Shop, 2015). In 2010 he accepted an invitation to join Totem Pole Photo Gallery, where he has been exhibiting his ongoing Zuisha series in successive volumes since 2012. He also reports on Tokyo photographic culture through his blog Tokyo Camera Style. Content from this project was compiled and published as a photobook by Thames & Hudson in 2015.