Japanese Photography Assistants

While taking photographs in the area of Maruyama Park, Kyoto, Japan, I had my first encounter with an aspiring photo assistant. It brought to mind Gregory Heisler's wonderful story about how he became Arnold Newman's assistant.

In order to become a master in Japan, one must begin early in life.

In order to become a master in Japan, one must begin early in life.

For this particular shot I wanted a low angle, so I set my tripod and began adjusting it. This immediately attracted my assistant. They start early in Japan. Here is how it works. The assistant stands directly in front of your lens and makes sure your settings are correct. Once everything checks out OK, his mommy swoops down and removes the assistant.

Here is the photo we took together - I could not have done it alone!

Here is the photo we took together - I could not have done it alone!