Fashion critic Toshiyuki Kurosu has been blogging on Kamakura Shirts’ Japanese website since February 2014.
His devoted readership eagerly awaits each week’s posts about Ivy League style and broader topics in the world of fashion.
Here we present selected posts from Kurosu’s archives in English, translated by W. David Marx, author of Ametora, and Matt Treyvaud.
Shooting on Ivy League Campuses (No.7)
Shōkei (aka Teruyoshi Hayashida) was part of the team that set off in 1965 to get the photos that would become Take Ivy. None of us had done a photo shoot outside Japan before, and we felt a lot of pressure.
Shōkei brought a twin-lens reflex camera. (If memory serves me, it was a Mamiyaflex.) But we would need to be a lot lighter on our feet than we had been in the studio if we were going to get candid snaps of students on campus.
We only had two weeks, but we put everything into getting the best pictures we could. We were young, of course, but even so, we worked as if possessed. I’m amazed today at what we managed to achieve, given that we didn’t know the language or the culture of the campuses we were shooting on.
All of this can be seen in Take Ivy. None of us imagined that fifty years later an English edition would be published in the United States.