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Issei Suda


Ginzan-Onsen Yamagata (From Fushikaden)

Issei Suda was an eminent Japanese photographer who captured characters and customs from a distinctive perspective that was both shrewd and playful. He spent several years working as a stage and publicity photographer for the experimental theatrical troupe Tenjo Sajiki, after which he became a freelance photographer in 1971. His photographs seek extraordinary moments in seemingly banal situations, revealing dramatic narratives and profound insight in scenes from daily life.


Suda was born in 1940 in Tokyo, Japan, and passed away in 2019. A large scale retrospective was held in 2013 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. His work is included in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, among others.

Selected Press

The New York Times, Sep 30 2014

Japanese Swordsman with a Camera

Rena Silverman

The Japan Times, Nov 6 2013

Issei Suda: everything but square

Mio Yamada

Selected Exhibitions

2013 - Tokyo Photographic Art Museum  nagi no hira - fragments of calm

2017 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now

2021 - Fotomuseum Antwerpen  Issei Suda: My Japan

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