"My first encounter with Shimizu Isamu occurred when I noticed a photo of his face in the show window of a cabaret in Shimbashi, where he was part of the current program.That was fifty years ago. At the time,Camara mainichi a photo magazine published by the mainichi Newspapers,was occasionally publishing my works in what the editor in charge called an "entertainers' series". After having shot showpeople at the "Mokubakan"in Asakusa,enka(Japanese popular ballad) singer Saburo Kitajima on the road,and Toei yakuza film studios for exsample, my encounter with that one captivating picture of Mr.Shimizu's smiling face came just in time when I was looking for my next target. It wa s crucial encounter, as I decided right on the spot that this was the next person I was going to photograph.
It still happens today that I fondly recall the time I spent with Mr.Shimizu during the photo shootings. In such moments I see him and my-self-two young dudes in conversation,just as if fifty that gap of fifty years wasn't there at all." - Daido Moriyama
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