89-Year-Old Photographer Pokes Fun at Herself in Silly Self-Portraits

Kimiko Nishimoto Self Portrait

Learning something new can be challenging, but sometimes, it can take you places you’d never imagine. Kimiko Nishimoto was 72 years old when she picked up a camera, and it’s transformed her life over the past 17 years. Now at 89, she's enjoying wide-spread attention for her creative self-portrait photography.

Nishimoto pokes fun at herself through her bizarre compositions. While many people are concerned with finding their most flattering angles and wearing stylish outfits, Nishimoto chooses to dress up in strange costumes and place herself in situations that are amusingly self-deprecating—like hanging from a clothesline, being struck with a shovel, and run over by a car. The exaggerated images make you smile as well as commend Nishimoto for her willingness to be silly. Thanks to a camera and photo manipulation software, she has found her creative bliss.

Nishimoto has teamed up with Epson on a month-long exhibition of her work. Her photos will be on view at the Epson Imaging Gallery in Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

At 89 years old, Kimiko Nishimoto expresses her silly side through creative self-portrait photography.

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All images via Kimiko Nishimoto.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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