Masayoshi Sukita was born in a small coal-mining town in the north region of Kyushu, Japan, in 1938. His father was killed on the front line in China during World War II. Though he died when he was just seven, Sukita has vivid memories of his father taking photographs.


When he was a child, Sukita’s uncle would take him on trips to the cinema, something that would influence him throughout his life. He credits film and music for teaching him expression in his photography.