Sasaguchi was born
in Hokkaido. He moved to Japan to follow his
dreams as a fashion photographer. Sasaguchi has an
extensive educated background, studying at Hosei
University Magazine and studied with Master Photographer
Wisdom. He is now one of Japan's most sought after fashion
photographers. You will find his amazing work in
publications such as; Japan Magazine, Vogue, Harper's
Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Clare, Figaro, Vogue Russia, ELLE
China, DETAILS, COSMO Girl, and W Magazine.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
How did your career as a fashion photographer begin?
I studied economics at a University in Tokyo, but I
loved fashion so much! I found a part time job for
Brutus Magazine (Japanese famous fashion and culture
magazine) when I was in University for two years.
I was working as an assistant photographer and saw all
different kind of photography; fashion, still life,
portrait, cars and foods.
After the graduation, I met one photographer who
was working for every trendy fashion magazine in Japan.
I was his assistant for three years, and I started my
own career as a fashion photographer.
EFM: Where do you reside?
Until 2001, I was working in New York, Paris and
London. But my base is always in Tokyo.
Describe your style as a photographer?
I believe that I am an artisan,
not a artist. I'm looking for a chance to try
innovative photo shooting. I don't want to fix one
style of photography. I want to evolve to the next
stage. That's why I do all kind of different
photography (not only fashion photo, but still life,
landscape, journalistic documentary...etc.)
EFM: What type of camera do you
I used to love large format (4x5
inch) before the high solution digital camera was
supplied, but now I use Hasselblad camera with Leaf
EFM: Had you assisted any
photographers in the industry before you launched out on
your own; if so, who?
Yuji Komatsu and Hidetomo Abe. I did assist for
two different type of photographer, Mr. Komatsu is based
on commercial business and Mr. Abe is on the fashion
How important is it to assist
established fashion photographers?
I realized that good photograph
sometimes is not equal to good photographer. In
the world of the commercial, when the ability of
communications that understand what the client requests
is as important as the ability to take the good
photograph, it has understood.
What has been your greatest moment as a fashion
photographer or memory?
Right now! Because
many people start to contact me. I love internet
generations, world is getting small. To be honest,
when I got a beautiful photo, I always feel heaven more
What tips can you give on taking a great photo?
Very simple, it is a strong
passion to get something new and beautiful vision!
What is your view on fashion and photography?
I believe that fashion
photography is one of journalistic articles. Women
in this generation needs this fashion of 2010 because of
some reasons, do they want to be more powerful or more
elegant? I am not sure, but I want to analyze and
tell to someone. Fashion is always changing and
waving, but everyone are looking for better and new
visions of photo.
EFM: What skills do you think that
one has to have in order to become a fashion
I think that there are two
types of fashion photographers, one is artist type and
the other is artisan type. If you are artist type,
you don't have to care about skills, because client want
your passion and soul for photography. But if you
are artisan type, you need good communication
performance as same as perfect photo skills.
Can you describe your style as a fashion photographer?
I don't have my style technically
(camera, lighting, objects). I always use
different type of lighting. The most important in
my photograph is impression by myself while I am
shooting. I am trying to keep sharpening my eyes
What advice can you give to the aspiring fashion
Keep having love passion to
fashion and photography. Technique is not very
important. And believe that you can do anything
Interview by Rochell “E” James