Issei Suda graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1962. Between 1967 and 1970, he worked as a stage photographer and documentarist of the theatrical group “Tenjo Sajiki” directed by poet-playwright Terayama Shuji; he then became a freelance photographer in 1971. In 1996, Suda was awarded the Ken Domon Award. His work has been exhibited in numerous museum exhibitions including “Self/Other” at National Musuem of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan (2008); “The History of Japanese Photography” at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA (2003); “Japanese Photography in the 1970s – Memories Frozen in Time” at Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan (1991); “Japan: A Self-Portrait” at International Center of Photography in New York, USA (1979).
Suda is currently a Professor at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan.