Today’s photographer of the day is Junku Nishumura, who was born in a small coal-mine village in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. In high school, he was strongly influenced by the works of Japanese combat cameramen in the Vietnam War, and went on to work for a construction company after college and brought his Leica wherever he went.

Before long, he decided to quit his day job to become a freelance photographer. And in 2013 he returned home to photo folks in his hometown. This is what he came up with.

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