Japan’s First Woman Photo-Journalist, Still Shooting At The Age Of 101


Born September 1st 1914, Tsuneko Sasamoto would grow up to become the first female photojournalist in Japan. Today she is still taking pictures and is one of the oldest photographers in the whole world over.

In the last year she broke her hand and both legs, but not even broken bones can stop her from doing what she loves. Even while undergoing physical therapy for her injuries Sasamoto is busy photographing flowers for a project called “Hana Akair” or “Flower Glow.” The project is a tribute to one of her friends that passed away.

Sasamoto began her career as a photographer when she was 25-years-old. She gained a lot of attention for photographing pre- and post-war Japan. According to Zaikeinews Ms. Sasamoto’s inborn curiosity is what fuels her passion. Sasamoto said, “Pretty scared but curious, don’t like it but want to see it. I feel compelled to face the world and let people know what I see, just want to have the pictures taken…”


Hirosima after bombing, 1953

Image credits: Tsuneko Sasamoto

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