She Was Japan’s First Female Photojournalist, And She’s Still Shooting At 101.
Tsuneko Sasamoto has had a more interesting life than many of her peers. She was Japan's very first female photojournalist, entering the industry in the twenties. Documenting pre and post-war Japan was no easy feat for a woman in her situation, as the entire industry was dominated by men.
Through her work, she was able to pave the way for other female photojournalists in Japan over the years. Now, she's 101 years old and just as spry and wise as ever. See more of her incredible story below.
Here is an early picture of Sasamoto at work.
Now, she's 101, and she's still taking pictures.
In fact, she recently broke both of her legs and her left hand, and she still insisted on shooting some photos on her way to recovery.
Born in1914, Sasamoto was expected to get married and become a housewife.
Instead, she took her life into her own hands and built a career.
Here pictures from pre and post-war Japan are truly incredible.
Her work is also unique because it spans across so many decades.
“You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up,” said Sasamoto.
When asked how she does it, Sasamota has some simple advice: “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward. That’s what I want people to know.”
See more of her story in the video below.
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