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One of my favorite Japanese Photographers...
小島 一郎 (Ichirō Kojima - 1924~1964) from Aomori Prefecture... served the war effort in China during World War II, returning to Aomori, in 1946 he helped out in the family photographic equipment business. Kojima participated in an amateur photography group (Hokuyoukai), and began to make photographic work during this time. His short, 10 year span of activity until his death in 1964 at the age of 40 left a noteworthy photographic history.
During this time as a photographer many of his images emphasized the bitterly cold climate of the Tsugaru and Shimokita regions of Aomori Prefecture. He was well know for his dark forbidding skies.