Born and raised in Nebraska, USA, John Sypal has been living in Japan since 2004. After his first publication "Tokyo Camera Style" (Thames & Hudson, London) Zen Foto Gallery is releasing his second and highly anticipated publication "Zuisha".

The first time the earliest of these pictures were exhibited was under the title An Endless Attraction. I felt it a proper summary of my feelings for her, and for photography itself. It’s about photographing life and living through photographing - all without having to think of any of these things as separate issues.

In his succinct yet sublime book "A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics,” Donald Richie explains a literary genre called zuihitsu. It’s a type of informal essay created through an approach where it is not "the assumptions of the writer's controlling mind that are followed but, as the Japanese phrase it, the brush itself."

I think the camera makes a pretty good brush.

― Statement from publisher

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.

Gallery Exhibitions