Spotlight: Shomei Tomatsu (1930 – 2012)

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Shomei Tomatsu was one of Japan’s leading post-war photographers, and featured in our list of 30 Most Influential Asian Photographers.

While not as widely popular internationally as Araki and Moriyama, many count him as more important a figure in Japanese photography.

News has only been received today, that Shomei Tomatsu passed away quietly on 14th December, 2012 from complications with Pneumonia. Shomei was aged 82. A spotlight below of a few of his iconic images.

Rest In Peace.

Melted bottle, (from the series Nagasaki 11:02) Nagasaki, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

Melted bottle, (from the series Nagasaki 11:02) Nagasaki, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

Protest (From the series: Protest) Tokyo, 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu

Protest (From the series: Protest) Tokyo, 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu

Street Entertainers (From the series: Chindon) Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

Street Entertainers (From the series: Chindon) Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

Boy and the Sea, Tokyo 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu

Boy and the Sea, Tokyo 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu

Hairstyle, Tokyo 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu

Hairstyle, Tokyo 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu

Untitled, from Blood and Rose, 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu

Untitled, from Blood and Rose, 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu

Prostitute, Nagoya, 1958. © Shomei Tomatsu

Prostitute, Nagoya, 1958. © Shomei Tomatsu

Portrait of Eiko Oshima, the actress in the film "Shiiku," 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

Portrait of Eiko Oshima, the actress in the film “Shiiku,” 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

"Untitled [Tokyo]," 1967. © Shomei Tomatsu

“Untitled [Tokyo],” 1967. © Shomei Tomatsu

"Untitled," from the series Chindon, Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

“Untitled,” from the series Chindon, Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu

 

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