Portfolio: Tatsuo Suzuki
Japanese self-taught street photographer Tatsuo Suzuki was born and lives in Tokyo. He started photographing in 2008 and has already received numerous prizes: Lens Culture Street Photography Awards Finalist in 2016, ND Awards Photography Contest 1st Place in 2015, IPA 2014 1st place (Lifestyle Category) in 2014 and many others.
— In 1990 I started working in sales at the IT Company Fujitsu Ltd. and in time began to forget how to express my emotions, energy, imagination. Back in college years I used to play guitar in a punk band, used to listen to that kind of music and that was me. I have regained how to express my emotional feeling through photography, which I discovered in 2008. This encounter with the camera and photography significantly changed my life. I quit my job with no plan in 2014 and now I am diligently shooting.
I photograph mainly in Shibuya, because this is my place since I was a student in 1985. And it is also one of the most vibrant areas in Tokyo. There are a variety of people I can glimpse and a variety of life patterns. And I want to capture it momentarily. I photograph mainly before sunset, 2-5pm, and I take near 2 thousand shots a day.
Receiving awards changes nothing, an award is just an award; it has nothing to do with the value of the photos. You always work to become a better photographer.
I try to capture the beauty of the moment in the street. I pursue my own theme, and then I discover a more advanced theme. This repeat of the stages is an advance.
Maybe photographing in the streets is my lifework. And in near future I’d like to publish a book.
Sometimes I make money with photography, but currently my main source of income is my part time job in the center for people with intellectual disabilities.