Lee Chapman: Chronicling Change in Tokyo through Street Photography

Tokyo-based photographer Lee Chapman is no stranger to change. The Manchester, England, native came to Tokyo in 1998, and through his photography, he has been shedding light on the overlooked backstreets of the city ever since. With work featured in the Guardian, The Japan Times, and The Economist, just to name a few, Lee’s portfolio documents neighborhoods that exist in the shadows—places under the constant threat of Tokyo’s infinite cycle of urban renewal. Change may be inevitable, but Lee is on a mission to preserve his favorite aspects of the city, albeit in digital form. As a photography enthusiast, I was delighted by the chance to chat with…

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