Jim O’Connell

Somebody with many interests and creative pursuits is called a “Multipotentialite”. Somebody with knowledge that spans a substantial number of subjects is called a “Polymath”. Somebody who has wide interests and is an expert in several areas is called a “Renaissance Man.” Somebody who is competent in many endeavors, but excels in none of them is called a “Pantologist” or a “Jack of All Trades.” Jim is all of these things but also more than all of them.

I’ve been searching for a way to describe one of my oldest, dearest, closest friends, the godfather of my first kid, my partner in photography crime for most of my first 10 years in Japan, the guy whose late-night Kabukicho rampages I drafted, the guy with whom I stayed up drink absinthe til sunrise on multiple occasions, who I took a punch to the face with, lost a tooth, and had my camera smashed, my co-founder of “The World’s Most Respected Photo Agency: Magnesium,” the person with whom I share so many blurred memories that I wouldn’t know if they were fact or fiction, if I didn’t have the photos to help me remember.

What Jim is, is somebody who you think you completely know, whose stories you think you’ve heard all told, somebody with whom you’ve shared so many conversations, so much gut-wrenching uncontrollable laughter, despair, love, sobriety, dreamt up together so many countless hair-brained ideas that we’re actually brilliant, so much shared life that you’d think there simply couldn’t be anything more to discuss or learn about, and yet there always is, there is always another thing to know, another hysterical adventure to go on, another layer of the onion to peel back.

You could call Jim all the things above but there’ll always be more. So you could call him what I do, a truly great friend.

It was great to have him back in Tokyo with lovely Shana for a spell. Great Ginza hang… Enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!

Riuichi Sakamoto + Danceries – The End Of Asia
Label: Better Days (2) – YF-7045-ND
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Japan
Released: Feb 25, 1982
Genre: Classical
Style: Modern Classical, Renaissance, Medieval

Echo And The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
Label: Korova – KODE 1, Korova – K 58175
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: Jul 18, 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Post-Punk

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