Photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto Still Fearless At 97


Photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto still fearless at 97When photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto missed her chance to capture General Douglas MacArthur and his wife cutting the ribbon at a rare postwar public relations event due to a camera flash malfunction, she was quick to speak up.

"Excuse me," she called out. She was desperately hoping for a second chance to photograph the supreme commander of the Allied Powers and his wife, dreading the prospect of returning to work with empty hands.

Little did she know at the time that speaking to MacArthur was forbidden.

"It was only later that I learned it was absolutely forbidden to talk to the Emperor and General MacArthur," Sasamoto says. "I was fearless."

Sasamoto, now 97, is one of post-war Japan's foremost female photojournalists, with a career spanning over 70 years. She chose that moment in front of MacArthur in naming her recently published autobiography, "Omachi ni natte, gensui-kakka" (Your Excellency, General, please wait).

via Mainichi