Career as a professional

Introduction to Photography Joining WRA Photographic Section No WRA Censorship Visiting Deep South Returning to San Jose Career as a professional

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Somehow I met this Time and Life correspondent in Denver. Time and Life had a bureau there. And one day there was a senatorial race up in Wyoming. And Life magazine, all the photographers were tied up in Chicago and Los Angeles. So New York told this correspondent in Denver to get anybody to go and cover the story. So he said, “Would you like to go?” and I said, “Sure.” Went up, covered the senatorial race, and it made two and a half pages. So that was my start. After that, there was a tremendous period in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, of snow storm. It went on for weeks. So they sent me to cover the storm. And by luck, I was sent to the border of Wyoming and Colorado. And there, by chance, I found this cow, frozen. Completely frozen. He is standing there. Standing up. Frozen. I have pictures of it. And that made a full page. And after that, I started to get more and more assignments. And eventually I started working for Life.

Date: December 3, 2009
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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