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Papersky #37 Norway
PHOTOGRAPHY: MARIA LAUB

Norway Balances Nature and Quality of Life

Oslo (Norway) is the modern metropolis that possesses the qualities that cities in the next fifty years will aspire to. This issue of Papersky will provide you with the inspiration and tools necessary to experience the city of... »STORY

Papersky #35 Basque
PHOTOGRAPHY: IKER BASTERRETEXEA

A Basque Country Focus on Simplicity

As we sat in our hotel rooms in Basque Country watching the disastrous events of March 11th, 2011 in Japan unfold, the PAPERSKY crew continually asked ourselves: What should we do? and How did this happen? These questions would linger... »STORY

Elein Fleiss
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Elein Fleiss: Change Again

There comes a magazine that changes all the rules. In 1990 Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm created Purple, and over the last decade they have established it as a forum for some of the most innovative creators in the world to send their ideas... »STORY

Papersky #34 New York
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

A New York Photography walk

Seven years have passed since I last traveled to New York City. In the days when we were doing Tokion I would frequently travel to the city but always seemed to dread the place. The people were cold, certain areas were extremely dangerous,... »STORY

Papersky #33 Switzerland
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Idyllic Rides through the Swiss Alps

Switzerland is what all countries should aspire to become. Besides being a bicycle-loving and friendly place, the nation is stunningly beautiful, unpretentious and intelligent all while being able to keep a remarkable balance between... »STORY

PAPERSKY #25 CALIFORNIA
PHOTOGRAPHY: TAKASHI KUMAGAI

California is the Northern Light of Modern Culture

I was born in Baltimore. At the time my mother was 20 yeas old and a certified Woodstock hippy. We went to California when I was three and eventually moved to the west coast, home to the Beatniks, Hippies and Surfers.   Much of modern... »STORY

PAPERSKY #18 AKIHABARA
PAPERSKY: KOZABURO SAKAMOTO

Electric, Robotic Akihabara Dreaming Guide

Akihabara is the land where dreamers begin to dream. Go back 400 years ago and you would find young starry-eyed samurai training hard to become full-fledged warriors. After that it became the 'city of fire', both because of its beautiful... »STORY

PAPERSKY #17 GREECE
PHOTOGRAPHY: JIRO FUJITA

Crazy and charming Greece A to Z

Tell me, what do you know about Greece? This was the question I kept on asking anybody and everybody prior to my journey. The answer was always the same; there would be silence. Occasionally somebody would mention cats, or ruins, or Haruki... »STORY

PAPERSKY #15 AUSTRALIA
PHOTOGRAPHY: HIROSHI SEO

The Sea Shapes Australian Lifestyles

For issue #15 we went for an ocean drive in Australia, the land down under. We were in search of the sea and how the sea shapes the lifestyles of Australians. We took the coastal highway from Brisbane down to Melbourne and between the... »STORY

PAPERSKY #13 PORTUGAL
PHOTOGRAPHY: KOUSEI ISHIGURO

Sweet, Slow-food Portugal is a Place like Home

I boarded a Lufthansa plane at Narita and was greeted by a Japanese flight attendant who said "arigato" as I showed her my ticket stub. Approximately 20 hours later, after changing planes, I exited the airplane in Portugal and a Portugese... »STORY

PAPERSKY #12 TEXAS MEXICO
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Diaries of the Texas Mexico Borderland

We got our first glimpse of the Texas-Mexico border in a town called Laredo. At International Bridge #1, the most heavily trafficked point of entry along the entire border, thousands of people line up to cross in both directions over the... »STORY

PAPERSKY #11 SHANGHAI
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

The Changing Lifestyles of Shanghai

The day we arrived in Shanghai a Chinese photographer and curator recommended that we take a look at a book entitled "A Changing Shanghai". It compares the city's past and present by depicting various locations in a "then and now" format.... »STORY

PAPERSKY #10 TORONTO
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Taste the International Scene in Toronto

On a drive through the vibrant streets of Toronto's Kensington neighborhood we notice a statue set on the edge of Bellevue Park. "My father, actually" mutters our guide. We ask for a closer look. The figure of a friendly man with large,... »STORY

PAPERSKY #09 NAPLES
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Naples is Italy’s Living Room City

Spaccanapoli is a popular downtown neighborhood in Naples, famous for its long narrow lanes that crisscross historic residential neighborhoods festooned with drying laundry. While we were shooting there, the owner of a religious art shop... »STORY

PAPERSKY #07 PARIS
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Reading Paris, City of Books

By the 1960s the Japanese fixation with French culture became plain. Mr. Iyami, a famous comic book character, beret-clad and boasting a philosophical stutter, appeared as a parody of the "French obsessed," and Japanese everywhere... »STORY

PAPERSKY #05 GERMANY
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAPERSKY

Old Friends Drifting Through Germany Anew

This issue was born out of a conversation with Reto Wettach and Michaela Viesser who were returning to Germany after living in Tokyo for several years. Rather than settle back into a country they already knew, they wanted to approach it... »STORY