Tokyo In The 1970s, “The World’s Most Intense City” When It Was Still “Unknown”


After arriving in Tokyo in the 1970s for what had to be a short trip, Greg Girard instantly made up his mind to stay there. The photographer got a part-time gig working as an English teacher, giving him plenty of time to explore the city with his camera. Renting a darkroom and making black and white prints and sending his slide film to a commercial processing lab, his pictures from this period remained largely unseen until The Magenta Foundation put them together into a book called Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983.

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Jakuza Greeting, Mr. Donuts, 1979

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Two School Girls, 1979

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Man in Suit, 1979

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Woman Kneeling in Street. 1980

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Shinjuku, Kabuki-cho (USA Club), 1976

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American Sailor in Bar, 1976

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Juli, Tokyo Bay. 197

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Man in Kabuki-cho. 1976

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‘Lorena’, 11PM Show, 1979

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Judy Ong, Parco TV Commercial, 1980

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Well Dressed Young Man, 1976

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Keiko, Yoyogi Park, 1979

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Man in Cinema Lobby, 1982

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Adult Cinema, Shinjuku, 1983

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Shinjuku, Cinema for Men, 1983

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Cabaret, Ueno, 1976

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Shinjuku, 1979

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Pasolini in Tokyo, 1976

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Bus Stop, 1977

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Lobby, Keio Plaza Hotel, 1980

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Shinjuku 5:09am, 1979

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Tokyo Bay, ferry to Okinawa, 1982

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Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979

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Ikebukuro Subway Station, 1976

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Shin-Okubo, 1979

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Shinjuku, 05:00 am, 1979

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Canal near Haneda Airport, 1979

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Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979

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shibuya crossing, 1976

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