Oto (now part of Gojo), Nara, Japan, 1923.
Following advice from his father, Tsuda studied Engineering at the Higher Technical School of Yoshino. He then continued in the Higher School of Industrial Arts in Tokyo, but left his studies and entered the Nihon University College of Art to study cinema.
After the Second World War, he worked in his father’s company, Tsuda Industries, but when the company closed down he decided to dedicate himself to photography and established himself in Osaka, becoming a member of the Naniwa Photography Club. Tsuda’s work from that period falls within so-called subjective photography and is based on its formal construction. He was inspired by social realism and began to take photos of great social content showing people’s lives.
Influenced by his education as a filmmaker, he began to create sets of photographs accompanied by text.
In 1955 he moved to Osaka and travelled to observe humans’ lives, taking photographs that he would later bring together in series.
In 1998, he was named head of the Naniwa Photography Club. In 2005, the club organised a centenary exhibition, Nami-ten, which was held in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. He passed away in Osaka in 2014 at 91 years of age.
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