Rao’s Newsstand


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  • Photography: Takuya Ishikawa
  • Essay: Motoyuki Shibata / Takuya Ishikawa
  • Design: Yoichi Sakamoto, Mots
  • Translation: Alexis Hightower
  • Pages: 191 (169 photographs)
  • Format: PDF
  • File size: 36MB
  • Publisher: Bus me too.Graphics
  • All text in this book is written in English. Japanese translation is available from links in the book.
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“I would like to be in the position of the store’s owner for a while. It would be nice if I could only briefly see the world from the inside of the newsstand…”  Motoyuki Shibata ( Thoughts on Rao’s Newsstand )


Photographer, Takuya Ishikawa, kept capturing a series of unique street photography in New York City.

“Rao’s Newsstand” is an Indian-owned small newsstand standing on a corner of Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The photographer, from 1996 to 2004, turned his lens onto passengers walking by from INSIDE of the newsstand and captured tiny fragments of their lives.


T akuya Ishikawa (b.1974) Photographer. In 1994 he started world tour to Asia, Africa and Europe.

Started to live in New York City 1996, and he also started his career as a photographer.

Since 2002 he moved to Japan.

Photographer’s Website

M otoyuki Shibata

(b.1954) has been one of Japan’s most prolific translators of contemporary American fiction. Among the authors he has translated are Paul Auster, Stuart Dybek and Steven Millhauser.

The American Narcissus, his collection of critical essays, received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2005.

He is also known as the founder and editor of Monkey, a literary quarterly in Japanese, and of Monkey Business, an English-language annual focusing on new writing from Japan.

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