Tsuenko Sasamoto is Japan’s first (or one of the first) female photo-journalist, and she is one of the country’s oldest photographers, as she is 104 years old.
She was born on September 1, 1914, and despite having fractured her hand and both legs last year, she’s still taking photos.
She is now undergoing rehab, and she takes photos of flowers in a tribute to her friends who have passed away called “Flower Glow”.
Sasamoto got the attention of the world for her pre and post WWII Japan photos.
She told BoredPanda that it was her inborn curiosity that has always driven her to take photographs.
Even though she was scared, she was curious. Don’t like something, but want to see it anyway. She felt compelled to face the world and let people know what she sees, and she just wanted to have the photos taken.
She said that the key is to remain positive about your life and never give up. Oh, and never to become lazy!
Geisha School, 1951
Antarctic ship Soya, 1956
She said that after WWII, women in Japan faced great discrimination, and they no power. They didn’t have the right to vote, and they were treated like they’re children, she notes.
By the age she turned 70, she started photographing women that have achieved great things in different fields.
Sasamoto gave an interview to NHK World shortly before her 100th birthday, and you can check it out below: