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Stephen Lebovits

Stephen Lebovits
Profession: journalist/photographer
Location: Tokyo , Japan
Home base: Tokyo, Japan
URL: http://www.brokenfotografy.smugmug.com
Email: •••••••• (private)
Languages spoken: English, Frech, mild Japanese
Organization: brokenfotografy/freelance
Journal: http://photos4food.blogspot.com
Mobile phone: 090-9144-2300
Last login: about 2 years ago
Member since: 23 Dec 2008 14:12



Hi. My name is Stephen Lebovits and I am an ex-pat Canadian presently living, writing and shooting in and around Tokyo. My wife and I have been here for 3 years with no immediate plans to leave. While she teaches I am free to explore, investigate and shoot my environs.

I chose to call my work ‘brokenfotografy’ quite simply because:

A/to ‘break’ has many meanings: to disobey a rule or law, to escape from restraint, to happen to turn out in a particular way, discontinuity in something and/or an unexpected opportunity that allows achievement.

This is how I live and also how I choose to create.


In the summer of ’91 I ‘broke away’ from my family for the first time to run free and amok across Europe with friends. Upon returning I ‘broke with’ my past for no longer was I myopically local, but rather broad-mindedly global. And the rest of my life has followed suit.

I ‘broke off’ the relations I had fostered for many years, leaving behind my old friends, making new ones while living a hedonistic lifestyle, all the while discovering more about myself, slowly fanning the embers of my personal creativity.

I ‘broke with’ tradition and married a Chinese woman instead of a Jew. Hannah is supremely awesome, end of story.

Then I again ‘broke away’ from my family, heading for Southern California where I would be for almost 4 years, separated from Hannah while she lived and worked in Japan for two.

As you are reading this, we are back together again, living in Tokyo, ‘breaking’ all the tightly held traditional stereotypes of what it means to be married in Japan. Hannah works and pays most of the bills, while I clean, do laundry and take out the garbage…it’s no problem at all and I rather enjoy it. I am free to explore my environs, do some part-time work, write and shoot.

So it stands to reason that living such a ‘broken’ lifestyle must somehow ‘break’ my vision of the world, and my place in it.

U b the judge.

I was given my first 35mm SLR many years ago, and it pained me to learn how to use it. Now, so many years later, I know the theory but putting it into practice still sometimes bewilders me. So, I decided to ‘break the rules’ by ignoring them, and just shoot, shoot, shoot
… and see what becomes of my efforts.

These are my ‘broken’ fotos. Enjoy them, or don’t – it’s up 2 u!

Sincerely & respectfully,

Stephen Lebovits
Montreal – San Diego – Tokyo – ??


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