Born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in 1933, After graduated from the Rikkyo University, he joined the Shinchosha and worked at “Weekly Shincho” since its first published (1956).
He became a freelance photographer and co-founded the VIVO collective in 1959 with Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Shomei Tomatsu, Akira Sato, Akira Tanno.
He published his first book “The Map” which is a metaphor that encoded the collective unconscious memory of Japan’s defeat in World War Ⅱ, since then he continues to challenge our intellect with fresh and clairvoyant images.
He was one of the fifteen artists selected for the “New Japanese Photography” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1974 and had many exhibitions including “Theatrum Mundi”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2003), “Conflict, Time, Photography”, Tate Modern, London (2014).