Tsuneko Sasamoto was influencing photography in the past, and she’s still doing so today. At 101, Sasamoto is one of the world’s oldest photographers.
She was born on September 14, 1914, and became a professional photographer at the age of 25. Her work documenting Japan pre- and post-war received the most recognition.
Although she recently suffered from a broken hand and two broken legs, she hasn’t given up her passion. She’s currently undergoing physical therapy, and in the meantime, working on a project called “Hana Akari,” which involves her taking pictures of flowers. It is to honor all of her friends who have died.
“You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up,” Sasamoto tells NHK. “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward. That’s what I want people to know.”
In the video below, Sasamoto celebrates her new exhibition shortly before her 100th birthday.