Japan’s First Female Photojournalist is Still Shooting at the Age of 101


Tsuneko Sasamoto is a renowned Japanese photographer and the country’s first female photo-journalist. But what is more impressive is that at a grand old age of 101, she’s still  taking pictures and documenting the world around her.

Sasamoto shooting in her 20s
Sasamoto shooting in her 20s. Image credits: 90thsite
Sasamoto shooting at 97 years old
Sasamoto shooting at 97 years old. Image credits: 90thsite
Dome in Hirosima after bombing, 1953
Image credits: Tsuneko Sasamoto
Geisha School, 1951
Image credits: Tsuneko Sasamoto

Sasamoto, who was born in 1914, perseveres in her work despite having broke her hand and both legs last year. She is now undergoing rehab while photographing flowers for a project titled “Hana Akari,” or “Flower Glow,” a tribute to friends who have passed away.

Sasamoto started her professional photography career aged just 25, and gained fame for her photos of pre- and post-war Japan.

Tsuneko Sasamoto's book