Japan’s First Female Photojournalist is Still Taking Photos at 101 Years Old

101-year-old Japanese photogapher Tsuneko Sasamoto was considered to be Japan’s first photojournalist when she was 25. Since then, for over 70 years, Sasamoto has been documenting history, including pre- and post-war Japan.


Sasamoto shooting in her 20s.


Sasamoto shooting at 97 years old.

In 2011, at the age of 97, she published a photo book called Hyakusai no Finder, or Centenarian’s finder, continuing to express her artistic voice and make an impact within her profession. She is currently working on a project called Hana Akari, or Flower GLow, an homage to her late friends.

Tsuneko Sasamoto on the cover of her book, Hyakusai no Finder.

She spoke to NHK World after her 100th birthday, “You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up. You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward. That’s what I want people to know.” Sasamoto broke her left hand and both legs last year but has been attending physical rehabilitation to get better and continue her work.


Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki
Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki


Photo credit: Satoko Kawasaki