School of hard knocks

I had a three page photo story in this month’s No. 1 Shimbun, the magazine of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo. Here it is below.

A little while ago I had the privilege to meet and photograph Doreen Simmons, the incredible 78-year-old sumo expert and commentator on NHK. The job was for one of the columns in the magazine I edit, EURObiZ Japan.

The obvious thing to do was photograph her with sumo wrestlers, but the deal was that I had to sit through the practice first. Good job I did. These were all taken from my cushion at the edge of the room with a 70-200 lens.

(The pictures of Doreen are at the bottom of this post)

These are some other shots from the training session.

And a couple of shots Doreen Simmons. After the two hour practice I only got about five minutes for the portrait. Luckily, I knew pretty much exactly what I wanted.

3 Responses to “School of hard knocks”

  1. red says:

    Sumo is such a cool sport, so much symbolism and history

  2. Love this set and Doreen looks a spritely bundle of fun.

  3. tony says:

    Hi Damon. Doreen is truly a remarkable woman. The Japan Times did a story on her too:

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