First Woman Photojournalist

I went to see a photo exhibition ‘She Saw Showa Postwar Perspectives by
Tsuneko Sasamoto,96,Japan's First Woman Photojournalist’ at GALLERY COSMOS in Meguro, Tokyo.

96-year-old photographer Tsuneko Sasamoto (right) and
exhibition organizer Kate Klippensteen.

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Tsuneko became a photojournalist in 1940 and she is the first female photojournalist in Japan.
She is still a professional photographer.


Celebrities from the political, business and entertainment worlds are captured in the black-and-white photos for the exhibition, but they are all in a natural manner and soft and warm atmosphere is all over the photos. I believe Tsuneko’s personality brings out ‘naturalness’ and I feel a sense of beauty that is special to women.

My grandmother already passed away and if she was still alive, she would have been almost the same age as Tsuneko.

She looks much younger than her age.
Tsuneko said “I want to forget about age. If thinking about age too much, I could not do anything.”

It doesn't matter how old we are.
People who have strong beliefs and live a life full of passion are cool and beautiful.
Tsuneko is among them.

She has been shooting photographs before the start of Pacific War and she is deeply concerned about the fact that the number of people that remember the war is steadily decreasing. ‘PEACE’ and ‘HOPE’ are at the bottom of her photographs.

The energetic and kawaii grandma is leaving to New York for photo shooting soon …

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