Alex Shibutani

©Alex Shibutani

Sensō-ji, 2022
Archival Pigment Print on Canson Platine Fiber Paper
20 x24

@Per Bernal

Alex Shibutani is an LA-based photographer. He is a two-time Olympic medalist in figure skating and Hall of Famer. Off the ice, he is an author and producer.
I find that photography shares many commonalities with skating… The duality of technique and artistry. The importance of mindfulness and being present to capture the moment. The sensitivity, vulnerability, and generosity of sharing the work to evoke a feeling.
My work has taken me all over the world, but most of all to Japan. As a Japanese American, Japan has always held a special place in my heart. It is my favorite place to explore. Being there energizes and inspires me. I’m drawn to the beauty around me—the light, colors, sounds—both natural and engineered. 

After being away for several years, I returned to Japan in 2022—this time, without skates, but still with my cameras. For this series, I have compiled photographs that transport me back to the feelings I have when I’m in Japan—a place where I have never lived, but which feels like home.


When did you start using Leica?
I started using Leica in 2018.

What is your favorite camera?
My favorite camera for sentimental reasons is the Leica Q. It was my first Leica and was such a revelation. The Q introduced me to a world of creativity and possibility. 

What is your favorite subject matter to shoot?
My favorite subjects to photograph are my family and friends. Photography is a gift and I love capturing special moments and sharing them with the people I care about the most. 

What other Leica camera are you thinking of getting?
I am very excited about the newly-announced M11-P. The content authentication technology is an innovation that is packaged in the form of an already exceptional M camera.

How has Leica changed your life?
Leica cameras are joyful instruments to use and the global community continues to inspire me and bring wonderful experiences to my life.


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