My Top 7 Street Photographers in Japan

ricardo palma
2 min readJul 13, 2023
Daido Moriyama. Shinjuku, 2002. © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation.

Street photographers in Japan possess a unique lens through which they navigate the urban landscape. Armed with cameras and keen eyes, they skillfully capture the essence of Japanese streets. From the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the historic charm of Kyoto, they immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of city life. With each click, they freeze moments that showcase the cultural nuances, the lively characters, and the architectural wonders that define Japan. Through their lens, these photographers reveal the delicate balance between tradition and innovation, shedding light on the captivating stories that unfold on the streets of this captivating nation.

  1. Daido Moriyama: Known for his gritty black-and-white street photography, Moriyama is considered one of the most influential photographers in Japan.
© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation.
  1. Nobuyoshi Araki: Araki’s work encompasses various genres, including street photography. His provocative and intimate imagery has garnered international recognition.
  2. Hiroshi Sugimoto: While primarily known for his conceptual photography, Sugimoto has also captured compelling street scenes, often using long exposure techniques.
  3. Issei Suda: Suda’s work is characterized by his intimate portraits and observations of everyday life in Japan.
© Issei Suda Self-portrait 1971
  1. Takuma Nakahira: Nakahira’s photographs often explore the urban landscape and the social changes occurring in post-war Japan.
  2. Kazuo Kitai: Kitai’s street photography focuses on capturing the human element within urban environments, reflecting both the energy and isolation of city life.
  3. Masahisa Fukase: Although Fukase’s body of work is diverse, his street photographs often reveal a sense of melancholy and introspection.
© Masahisa Fukase “Karasu” (Ravens), 1977

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are numerous other talented street photographers in Japan worth exploring.

I will soon make another article breaking down in more detail each one of these photographers. ;)

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