1915 – 2001. Born in Oku, Okayama, which borders the Seto Inland Sea. Ever since he was young, the sight of the sea as it changed throughout the day and between seasons had been burned into his memories. At 22, he opened a dental clinic, and also began working as an amateur photographer. After WWII, he branched out into more genres, taking photos of women and documentary photos.
His photos, made using long exposures and multiple exposures, and systematically calculated but also lyrical at the same time, are what gave him the nickname “The Wizard of Color.” Some of his most famous photo collections include “Seto Inland Sea” (1962), “National Parks” (1967), and “Rivers and Mountains of Japan” (1975).