Born in 1938 in Osaka. Current activities in Tokyo. Experienced design in the beginning. Since "NIPPON GEKIJO SHASHINCHO (Japan theater Photo Album)", one of his very first series of works, fans are attracted by his sensitive and dynamic footwork in the cities and people to express their energy and confusion. Reputed in the world for his progressive way in activities. Such a great photographer also feels passion in giving lessons to young photographers.
When we try lining up in a row cheap words stained with finger makes such as chaos, deluge, greed, vulgarity, vice, indecency, filth, etc., every single one of them epitomizes Shinjuku, and I unintentionally start laughing.
This is also an impressive point, as no matter how or where you search in the world, you would not be able to find a city that is this weird. From the eastern JR train line, in other words this side where it seems like a stew is simmering and boiling, to the phantom landscape of high rise buildings, that seems like a mirage over on the west side, Shinjuku vividly exhibits all the shadiness, toughness, and considerable disconsolateness that a city has, like a truly unfathomable mathematical functional relationship, like a modern Babylon.
I and Shinjuku, as well as my attraction to it and shooting photos of it, must have some kind of similar character somewhere.