This has been a big year for Matthew Pillsbury. In February, the New York-based photographer had a retrospective at Aperture Foundation, an accompaniment to the recently released monograph City Stages, which covered a decades worth of his masterful black-and-white large-format long exposures of urban spaces. Two months later, he was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts-Photography, which led him on a photographic journey all the way to Japan. This month, Pillsbury unveils his newest series, "Tokyo," on view at Benrubi Gallery in New York from Sept. 10 - Oct. 25, 2014, which features his first, stunning foray into the world of color photography. Pillsbury spoke to American Photo recently about his transition from black-and-white and about the advantages of photographing as a foreigner.