A Woman to Know: Tsuneko Sasamoto

You need to push yourself and stay aware, so that you can move forward. — Tsuneko

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Tsuneko's frames are famous.

She photographed the dome in Hiroshima, the one that stood standing even after the atomic blast. She won awards for images that covered newspaper fronts throughout Japan. She photographed politicians, artists and the Imperial Family.

But Tsuneko also shot seven decades of Japanese women on her own time, separate from her journalism and her other official portrait assignments. On these personal studies she'd photograph housewives, nightclub singers, nurses and mothers. All the women society had forgot — she remembered them in her photographs.

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