My name’s Alfie Goodrich and I’m the fella behind Japanorama.
I am a British freelance photographer and photography educator, based in Tokyo. Married to Hiromi, we have three children – Joe, Ami and Charlie – and now live permanently in Japan.
In 2015, I became a Hasselblad Ambassador and started work as a corporate and editorial assignment stringer for Getty in Japan. Read more about the Hasselblad announcement here.
In early 2015, I had the honour of serving as official photographer to HRH The Duke of Cambridge during the occasion of his official visit to Japan. You can see a selection of the photos here, at the Flickr page of the British Embassy in Tokyo.
I started taking pictures aged seven and had my first photos published in 1991. From 1991 until 2001 I worked in the music business in the UK, as Press Director for Nimbus Records and then as General Manager for Black Box Music in London. During that time my music photography was published in magazines and newspapers across the world. I also photographed Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals for some years and in 2002 was chief photographer and photo editor for the official website of Glastonbury Festival. In 2002 I started my own graphic and web-design business in the UK. Since moving to Japan I do less of that and concentrate 99% of my time on photography. I work in Japan as a commercial photographer and photojournalist. I am freelance and work for a range of commercial, private and editorial clients.
As well as shooting, I teach photography in Tokyo and currently have about 600 students on my mailing list. As well as frequent one-to-one lessons with students all over Tokyo, I organize weekly workshops and photowalks. Find out more about lessons here and visit my Japanorama.co.uk website for lots of shots, photography projects, galleries, useful info, photo tutorials and downloads.
I also run a Tokyo Photography Workshops group at Meetup.com. We have more than 350 members and the group is growing all the time.
My commercial work gets commissioned by clients for various uses; their corporate websites, anniversary books, annual reports and brochures, signage and in their business premises for display as prints and large-scale murals. I also shoot commercial portraits & publicity photos for a variety of commercial clients, artists and musicians.
Clients for my photography have included…..
- [World] Haneda Airport ‘TIAT’, AMG Mercedes, Porsche, TIME Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The International Monetary Fund, The International Development Bank, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, DB-Schenker, Hasselblad, Getty Images.
- [UK] Redwood Publishing, The Royal Household, The Official Ferrari Magazine, Rugby World Magazine, Digital Photographer magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Classic fM Magazine, Songlines Magazine, The Independent newspaper, Gramophone Magazine, Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD Festival, Nimbus Records, Black Box Music, BBC Online, Wayfarers Travel.
- [Japan] The British Embassy in Tokyo, Tokyo International Air Terminal, Haneda Airport, Toshiba, Schenker-Seino, Mazda, Lexus, Toyota, Otsuka, TedXTokyo, Japan Airways, Jetstar Asia, Air Asia, Subway Japan, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Eurobiz magazine, Servcorp Inc, Nile’s Nile magazine, Cuisine Kingdom magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Tokyo Chiropractic College, JapanToday, Japan National Tourist Organisation, The Govt. of Japan’s “Highlighting Japan” magazine, Yokohama Country and Athletic Club, Tokyo American Club.
- [Scandinavia] Plaza/Uomo Magazine, SAS Airlines Magazine, SAS Airlines PR Dept.
- [Korea] The Korea Herald
- [Mexico] Accent Magazine, TIME Publishing, Travel & Leisure Magazine
- [The Netherlands] KLM Airways
- [Malaysia] Air Malaysia
- [China] Cathay Pacific Airlines, South China Morning Post, ELLE Magazine, Parents magazine
- [Brazil] Digital Photographer magazine
- [Italy] Ferrari, The Trip magazine, La Repubblica newspaper, Working Style Magazine.
- [USA] United Airlines “Hemispheres” magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Northwestern University, The Trip magazine, TIME Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Ellipsis Arts Music, Berkeley University, World Music Magazine, Dirty Linen Magazine, The Mamiya Blog
- [France] Le Monde de la Photo
- [Australia] Auto Salon Magazine, ANZ Bank, Pearson Publishing Group
- [Singapore] Torque Magazine, The Singapore Land Transit Authority
I was interviewed a couple of years ago for the ephotos.com online photography magazine. Click here to visit that article.
There’s also a video interview with me here, by HDR specialist Trey Ratcliff – who I helped run a Tokyo workshop for in 2010.
Since 2007 I have been teaching photography in Tokyo, one-to-one and for small groups. I also organize photowalks and workshops in and around Tokyo pretty much every weekend. More details at the link below, plus lots of photography related articles, projects and materials.
My daily photoblog is here:
Thanks to everyone who voted for my photoblog in the Photoblog Awards; I made it to the runner’s-up list in the Asian category in 2008, received an honorable mention in 2009 and narrowly missed winning the overall title of Best Asian blog in 2010, 11 and 12. If you fancy voting for it in this year’s awards, here is the link.
A note about copyright: Please do not use my pictures without emailing me or contacting me first. That’s all I ask as I usually say ‘yes’ to any non-commercial usage of my work on the internet and am very approachable. So, please ask me first as I have had some bad experiences with work being taken without the people having asked first. It’s not good manners and it annoys me.
Photo of Alfie Goodrich by Matthew Lamb