David R Munson

Kanto Portraits

Serving the
greater Tokyo Area

Black and White Portraiture

In black and white, a portrait takes on new dimension and connects with a rich history going back more than 180 years. Monochrome is not simply the absence of color, but rather a visual language unto itself. Executed well, it sets a portrait apart, lending a timeless elegance and simple sophistication.

Choosing black and white isn’t for everyone. It’s a strong stylistic choice that isn’t always a good fit. But in those times when it is the right choice, there is no substitute. 

Photographer David R Munson comes to the table with more than twenty years’ experience crafting fine black and white photographs, and is committed to making the best photographs he can to serve his clients in the best possible way.

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.

Edward Steichen

The Working Method

A portrait must be more than a picture with face in it. It should be as much about the subject as it is of the subject.  There are two concepts that are key to a successful shoot that yields the desired results: collaboration and simplicity.

  • Collaboration

    A good portrait is the result of a collaboration between subject and photographer. The role of the subject is to express the desired outcome, and to be fully present in the moment. The role of the photographer is to perceive and capture that presence.

  • Simplicity

    When the process gets complicated, the results usually suffer. As such, things should be kept as simple as possible. Ideally, this means one camera, a lens or two, and existing light. In most cases, there is no need to add anything more.

Before the shoot, the photographer and subject discuss the desired images and their purpose, as it is important to begin with the end in mind. This is a simple step, but one often neglected. By taking the time to really understand the desired outcome, the creative process is facilitated greatly.

From there, the practical arrangements are made and the shoot is scheduled. Location, time of day, and other details will vary from session to session and depend on the client’s needs. This never needs to be complicated, so please rest assured that the process is an easy and enjoyable one.

About the Artist

American by birth, Saitama City based photographer David R Munson has been consumed by his passion for photography since 1996. For nearly the entire time, he has been enamored of black and white.

Though focused on architecture and similar subjects for many years, his interest in portraiture was ignited after moving to Japan in 2015. As a shy introvert, evolving into photographing people was neither an expected move nor an easy one, but has been more than worth the effort.

David’s mission with Kanto Portraits is to serve people in the Tokyo area, not only by creating high quality images but also by making them through a thoughtful, communicative process that involves the subject as a collaborator.

Panni in Kaohsiung. Portraiture by David R Munson.

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