Suda Issei (1940 – 2019)
Suda Issei was born in Kanda, Tokyo, in 1940 and graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1962. From 1967 to 1970, he worked as a stage photographer for the experimental theater group Tenjo Sajiki led by Terayama Shuji before turning to freelance work in 1971. In 1976, Suda was awarded the Photographic Society of Japan Newcomer's Award for Fushi Kaden. In 1983, he was granted the Photographic Society of Japan Annual Award for, among others, the photo exhibition Monogusa shui. In 1985, he took home the inaugural Domestic Photographer Award at the Higashikawa Awards for Fragment of Everyday Life. In 1997, he was awarded the 16th Domon Ken Award for the photo collection Human Memory (CREO, 1996). From 2001 to 2013, Suda operated the Suda Issei Juku workshop, and, in 2014, he was awarded the Photographic Society of Japan Lifetime Achievement Award. Suda Issei passed away at age 78 in 2019. In the same year, he won the 31st Society of Photography Special Award for Fragment of Everyday Life (Seigensha Art Publishing, 2018). Since his death, a series of posthumous photo exhibitions and publications have opened up opportunities to reevaluate his work at home and abroad.