Featured Photographer – Junku Nishimura


by Bellamy /

3 min read

Featured photographer, Junku Nishimura
It is my great pleasure to bring you a little interview with a truly great photographer who I have had the pleasure of shooting with, Junku Nishimura. He is one of the most easygoing and honest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and shooting with him is a joy. It is also a joy to look at his work, which is thoughtful and timeless. Come and read this little interview with one of my personal favourite photographers. A man of few words, Junku still manages to get his point across.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who is Junku Nishimura?

I ain’t nothing but drunk guy, just struggling to be sombody with camera, haha.
ok, I am ex-club dj. ex-concreat expart.. but engineer’s qualification was expired. so I am a freelance photographer now.

You are well known for your retro style of images. I know you shoot film so do you have a favourite film and camera combination?

Leica M5 with Tmax @iso 1600.  I was using Trix after fuji neopan 1600 discontinuance. but I found Tmax tone matches(to?) mine.

What makes you want to shoot?

I can’t define it clearly but I think it is something like strong nostalgia toward my past..

In your own words, how would you describe your style of photography?

incident…you dig it? not accident.

Are there any photographers that you feel inspire you or influence you?

Sure,I got many favorite photographers like Kyoichi Sawada, Nakaji Yasui, Katsumi Watanabe, Isao Yamaguchi etc..  but most inspired one is Yoshiharu Tsuge. Actually, he is a Manga artist not photographer but I got big influence from him, so let me refer(mentionかな) here..

When you are shooting do you have a ritual or a particular way of shooting that you prefer?

oh, it’s boozing.. it’s kind of a ritual for me, haha
but I want you know there are many photos when I was sober!

Do you have any projects that you would like to share with the people of JCH?

no plan, no promise, no project.  I love Doris Day’s that song, you know.

And finally, any words of wisdom for the readers of JCH?

Don’t think, feel it.. but think for a change.
(考えるな 感じろ でもたまには考えろ、といったかんじなんやけど。どうでしょうか。)

thanks, JCH, for featuring!


A great thanks to Junku for being part of this site. I am so happy to have his work on here. There is something so sincere about Junku’s images, the way that he becomes part of a situation without affecting it is a rare skill.
Check out these links for more of Junku’s amazing work:


And seriously, go and buy his prints. I know that Junku’s camera could do with a service, so every print gets it closer to being done. Coupled with the fact that they are awesome in every way.

Please remember that the images are reproduced with the kind permission of Junku Nishimura and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

16 comments on “Featured Photographer – Junku Nishimura”

    Matt obrey February 7, 2013 at 8:07 am / Reply

    I admire Junku’s work, nice interview Bellamy

    steven February 7, 2013 at 9:05 am / Reply

    Junku is a class act. I’ve been following him on Flickr for forever now. Thanks for posting.

    Damien February 7, 2013 at 11:51 am / Reply

    Is that the policy of your website not to edit contributor’s texts and interviews? I understand that you have better things to do than edit “In your bag” entries, but it’s somehow weird (and slightly awkward) to read Junku asking you in Japanese whether he uses the right English expression.
    No offense, it’s a sincere question. Your website is amazing and so is Junku’s work.

      Bellamy February 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm /

      Not at all, I just decided to leave that in as I wanted people to understand his thought process.
      Thanks for the comment.

    Jesse Freeman February 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm / Reply

    nice interview! like the guy even more that he drinks and shoots lol…thought i was the only one.

    SilverChrome7 February 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm / Reply

    What is Junku’s favorite booze? And while we’re at it, what’s Bellamy’s favorite booze?

    Luke Satoru February 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm / Reply

    Wonderful interview. I got to meet and shoot alongside Junku a couple years back and he’s had a lasting impression on my own work. Not that I’ve managed to capture images like he does but still, very inspiring and humble person.

    nicholas dominic talvola February 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm / Reply

    iichiko!!! master junku.

    Paul Coates February 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm / Reply

    Truly inspiring!

    Fabrizio Q (fabuchan) February 8, 2013 at 2:47 am / Reply

    Nice interview to a incredbly talented photographer. Thanks for sharing JCH!

    Keith February 9, 2013 at 3:43 am / Reply

    Junku, if you see this, get in touch with me!

    Alfonso De Castro February 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm / Reply

    I’m happy to read the interview. Junku is a close friend and a wonderful photographer!.

    Andrew Janjigian April 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm / Reply

    A great piece about a photographer I’d not known before, thanks. Can you tell me, when he refers to “TMAX @iso 1600” does he mean that he pushes it to 1600? He said he switched to it after neopan 1600 was discontinued, but I’ve never seen 1600 speed TMAX, so I’m confused.

    Gregor September 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm / Reply

    Nice work! I like the portrait in the dark!

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    Minechika March 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm / Reply

    Splendid interview! I’ve heard his name before, but haven’t really checked out his works. Thanks for introducing his works! Makes me want to go out and shoot ASAP.

    meatpants April 5, 2015 at 11:31 am / Reply

    I fucking love these images! Great interview. This is the kind of stuff we need more of. thanks.

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