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Hiroji Kubota

During a visit of Magnum members to Japan in 1961, Hiroji Kubota (b. 1939) came to know René Burri, Burt Glinn, and Elliott Erwitt. After graduating in political science from Tokyo's University of Waseda in 1962, Kubota moved to Chicago, where he photographed while supporting himself by working in a Japanese catering business. He became a freelance photographer in 1965 and he returned to live in Japan in 1968. After witnessing the fall of Saigon in 1975, he refocused his attention on Asia. He embarked on a 1,000-day tour of China, making more than 200,000 photographs, between 1979 and 1984, resulting in China (1985). His other books include: Out of the East (1997), Can We Feed Ourselves? (2000), and Japan (2015).