Fujifilm has obviously gone down ambassador Tatsuo Suzuki from its X Photographer program after Suzuki’s “in your face” street digital photography shooting style sparked controversy over the previous week.
It all started after Fujifilm introduced the brand-new X100V and released a series of videos revealing digital photographers utilizing the video camera. Among them featured road digital photographer Tatsuo Suzuki:
As you can see, Suzuki records his road images in a means similar to prominent professional photographer Bruce Gilden, that stalks strangers on sidewalks, points a cam (and typically an off-camera flash) straight in their face, and also fires pictures of them without alerting and also authorization.
Gilden has made a name for himself with his shooting style (which is arguably more intrusive and offensive than Suzuki’s) and also the outcomes it generates, however much of Gilden’s job is done on the streets of New York City– Suzuki is based in Tokyo, and Japanese society is understood for valuing top qualities such as politeness, tranquility, as well as respectfulness.
And also while Gilden’s style is defined by numerous to be “bold” and also “obnoxious,” Suzuki’s approach of working– especially his activities as well as faces– seems to be explained much more with words such as “weird” and “weird.”
As the conflict over the promo video expanded, Fujifilm reacted by swiftly as well as silently taking the video down (the video over is a mirror that turned up after the removal).
Fast-forward a few days, as well as today just found that Suzuki has been gotten rid of from the roster of X-Photographers on the program’s web site. His specialized page on the website is now showing up blank, but a cached variation is still on-line (for now).
Suzuki being provided as an X-Photographer is also still turning up in Google search engine result, though the web link causes the blank web page.
It wonders that Suzuki was evidently gotten rid of from the ambassador program because of a video clip that Fujifilm released, but what has actually taken place behind the scenes between Fujifilm and also Suzuki isn’t presently recognized.
We’ve reached out to both Fujifilm and also Suzuki for remark as well as will certainly update this article if/when we listen to back. You can discover Suzuki’s deal with his site as well as Instagram.
Photo credit reports: Header still structure from video by Fujifilm