Japan’s First Female Photojournalist is Still Taking Pictures at 101 Years Old



Japanese photographer, Tsuneko Sasamoto, at her 101 years old, continues to practise the art of photography. Sasamoto, who is considered to be her country’s first photojournalist, began documenting history at the age of 25 including pre- and post-war Japan. Her photographs chronicles Japan's history through a totalitarian regime to an economic superpower and the consequences to society that arose from this change.

For 70 years now, Sasamoto continues documenting and capturing stunning photos. In 2011, at the age of 97, she published a photo book called Hyakusai no Finder, or Centenarian’s Finder. When she turned 100, she launched an exhibition of selected images. Now, Sasamoto is currently working on a project called Hana Akari, or Flower Glow, dedicated to her beloved friends who have passed away. Breaking her left hand and both legs last year didn't discourage her and she is determined to finish her project proving that strong can overcome all the obstacles.

Speaking to NHK World shortly before her 100th birthday, Sasamoto stated that “You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up.” “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward. That’s what I want people to know.” Sasamoto is truly an inspiring example for all of us. Thank you for the sage advice.


Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki


Tsuneko Sasamoto on the cover of her book, Hyakusai no Finder.


Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki


Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki



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