How I Became a Photographer and the History of Party Photographer Banno

Started my career as a documentary photographer

Before I became a photographer, I ran a non-profit organization called NaYOGA, which organized events on the themes of health, the environment, and yoga.
I wanted to keep photos of NaYOGA events, so I bought a camera and started taking photos for myself.

For large events, there were official professional photographers, but for small events such as NPOs, there was no budget for photographers, so the staff took the documentary photos.
I wanted to support the activities of NPOs and the yoga community by photographing them from the same perspective, so I taught myself photography and started working as a photographer.

From Documentary Photographer to Party Photographer

A party photographer is a person who captures the fun of the party while having fun themselves.
The more fun the photographer has, the more fun the party will be.
That’s what I thought, and I started photographing parties and events while having fun just like the participants.

I started shooting at parties and events while having as much fun as the participants, wearing fun costumes and fancy dress depending on the party.

My role model was Cobra Snake, a photographer living in L.A.

My idol at the time was a party photographer from California named mark hunter (thecobrasnake).

The Cobrasnake used to take snapshots of models, celebrities, and entertainers in the backyard of parties and upload them to the website the-cobra-snake.
The photos were not of the celebrities on the red carpet all dressed up, but of the real party, drunk and screaming.
Influenced by Cobra Snake, I called myself a “party photographer” and started uploading photos on my blog and SNS, imitating Cobra Snake.

The number of people I was asked to photograph was not limited to celebrities in Nagoya, but I also began photographing costume parties at iDCafe, Nagoya’s largest club, as well as club and DJ events.

The Great East Japan Earthquake and a Restart

Party photographer, also known as “Parkame”, has become a popular name among party lovers in Nagoya.
It was during this time that the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011.
As the world went into self-restraint mode, events and parties were cancelled one after another, and NPO activities were suspended unless they were for charity.
I felt like I shouldn’t be photographing parties in a joking manner, so I decided to stop being a party photographer.

But then I thought, “It’s times like this that I want to do something that makes people happy, even those who can’t make it to the party.

So I stopped all my web production work and NPO management and shifted my life to focus on party camerawork.

I gathered people who wanted to be party photographers just like me and formed a party camera team.

I mentored the new party photographers and we all went around shooting parties every day.
The party camera team grew to a maximum of about 50 people, but after two years of working as a party camera team, I decided to stop shooting as a team and return to my roots and work on my own.

Thoughts on Photography

As a photographer, I encounter many different people and cultures.

A single screw, which I had no interest in until yesterday, looks different after I have photographed a screw factory.
I’ve also come to love a genre of music I never knew existed after photographing a party.

What I like about being a photographer is that I can share the stories of the people, events, and things that I photograph.
Every party, person, and thing has a story and history.
As a photographer, I get to meet many different stories and people every day.

A photographer once said, “The basis of photography is to observe an object from many different perspectives.
A photographer once told me.

I am now looking forward to getting interested in various things and interacting with new people through photography.

Now, I am photographing various parties every day with the same desire that I had when I first took up photography, “I want to support people who are doing good activities even in small communities from the same perspective,” and “I want to make the people I meet smile.