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
Protest (From the series: Protest) Tokyo, 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu
Street Entertainers (From the series: Chindon) Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu
Boy and the Sea, Tokyo 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu
Hairstyle, Tokyo 1969 © Shomei Tomatsu
Untitled, from Blood and Rose, 1969. © Shomei Tomatsu
Prostitute, Nagoya, 1958. © Shomei Tomatsu
Portrait of Eiko Oshima, the actress in the film “Shiiku,” 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu
“Untitled [Tokyo],” 1967. © Shomei Tomatsu
“Untitled,” from the series Chindon, Tokyo, 1961. © Shomei Tomatsu