Hiroshi Masuko is a Tokyo-based photographer born in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan in 1980.
He has been photographing Mt Fuji on film regularly since 2017 and his work is attracting worldwide attention. In 2020 he published a photo book dedicated to the subject.
What or who most influences your work?
- I fell seriously ill in 2018 and had to have surgery. Faced with life and death, I thought more deeply about the significance of existence in my society.
Since then, my desire to contribute to and document society through photographic expression has grown stronger - it has been a big influence on my work as a photographer.
Describe your photographic style for us in three words
- It's hard to express in just three words, but in all my work I wish to convey my point of view, my perspective, and the power to encounter miracles, even in the everyday.
Where is the most inspiring place you’ve travelled to and photographed in your career so far?
- The rare phenomenon of "Red Mount Fuji", seen from Mt. Myojin in Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, is an awe-inspiring site.
It can only be seen at a certain time of day, in exactly the right weather conditions - sometimes a whole year can go by without one "Red Fuji" moment so to be able to have photographed it is very special to me.
If you could own a print by any photographer, whose would it be and why?
- A work by William Eggleston, because he is the photographer who has probably had the most influence on me.
What has photography taught you about the world?
- That life can be changed from negative to positive.
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Top to bottom: "Mt. Fuji 1", "Mt.Fuji 2" by Hiroshi Masuko