A Blacksmith. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.
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Shinichi Suzuki was a renowned Japanese photographer who was born on 1 February 1898 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. He began his career as a photographer in the 1920s and by the 1930s had established himself as one of Japan's leading photographers. Suzuki's work focused on capturing the beauty of everyday life, and he was known for his ability to capture the essence of his subjects in a natural and unobtrusive way. He was particularly interested in photographing children, and his images of young children playing and exploring their world are some of his most famous works. Suzuki's photography was strongly influenced by the humanist philosophy of the time, which emphasised the importance of individual experience and the value of human life. He believed that photography could be a powerful tool for promoting social change and that by capturing the beauty of everyday life, he could help people appreciate the world around them and inspire them to work towards a better future. Throughout his career, Suzuki received numerous awards and honours for his work, including the Order of Cultural Merit from the Japanese government in 1983. He continued to work as a photographer until his death on 17 June 1998 at the age of 100. His photographs are now regarded as some of the most important and influential works in Japanese photography.