Regarding Japanese Photo Magazines

I really hate how in Japanese photo magazines include camera and lens info to the pictures, often superimposed over the image. Anyone who has a little understanding how cameras work, focal length, aperture and shutter speed can be figured out just by looking at the photo. It is not exactly rocket science..  And chef’s don’t superimpose the manufacturer and type of their pans and kettles to the food, right?

But further more, this habit of including the information to the image just shows the materialistic value of today’s photo book publishing, photography becomes a cheap advertisement for camera makers and the artistic meaning of the picture is tarnished if not destroyed completely.

I was glad that Nippon Camera’s Nude Photo issue does not do this although the publication suffers from censorship and other editorial issues.

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