At 101-years-old, renowned Japanese photographer Tsuneko Sasamoto continues to do what she loves the most. Sasamoto is considered to be the countries first ever photojournalist and started at the age of 25. Ever since then she’s been documenting its history for over 70 years, photographing the country pre and post-war, it’s rise into an economic superpower and the implications it’s had on society.
Sasamoto continues to remain enthusiastic about her profession and shows no sign of slowing down. In 2011 at the age of 97 she published a photo book called Hyakusai no Finder. When she turned 100 she opened an exhibition of selected images and now that she’s 101 she has just undertaken her next project titled Hana Akari, or Flower Glow, a tribute to her friends that have passed away.
The secret to Sasamoto’s longevity and success can be found in her attitude and outlook on life. In an interview with NHK World not long before her 100th birthday she remarked “You should never become lazy. It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up.”