Tell us about yourself
Hi, my name is Aki Fujita Taguchi and I’m a music photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. I’m a Sony shooter and love Zeiss lenses.
Where did your journey with gig photography start?
I started shooting local bands in Tokyo with a Nikon FE and monochrome films.
In a world of ever changing technology, do you think it is important that gig photographers still shoot gigs?
Yes. It’s always magical to freeze musician’s action and catch a perfect moment. Music fans always love great album covers, posters, flyers, and so on.
What photographer/s do you look up to?
Ross Halfin, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting gig photographer?
Practice and experience a lot. Try to keep good relationship with musicians. Don’t forget to respect yourself.
What would be your dream gig and why?
Someday I’d love to photograph Pink Floyd. (I hope their reunion)
They have been such a big inspiration to me since I was a child.
How do you use social media to engage with your audience?
I always try to answer people’s comments and questions as much as I can.
Is there anything you dislike about gig photography?
Many audiences use cellphones to shoot movies. It annoys me even when I don’t shoot gigs.
If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
It would be great if they respect photographer’s work more.
What inspires you?
Everything around me. Basically I love to see art. Good art keeps me motivated.
Sometimes people say something annoying to my work and make me feel disappointed, but in any case, that moves me forward. I’ll do what I should do in my own way.