Please don't die, dad ... - Shin Noguchi

1. My father, 85 years old, playing with Kotoyo, Sagamihara, May 2016

This is a visual story about a man and the deterioration of his health caused by lung cancer stage IV which eventually forced him to give up the fight. These heart-breaking images display the love and care of a Japanese family through the process of their sick (grand)father. It’s a representation of how integer life is and that we should cherish each moment surrounded by our loved ones. The pictures were taken by his son, highly proficient photographer Shin Noguchi, who portraits the struggle of his father in a very sincere and brittle way.


2. My father, 86 years old, always makes delicious food 'tempura' for us and also plays a lot with his grandchildren, Sagamihara, May 2017


3. My father, 86 years old, never stopped smoking but I think this is a good thing considering his age and I always said don't smoke in bed, don't smoke around your grandchildren, Sagamihara, May 2017


4. My father, 87 years old, suddenly lost weight in the last two months, Sagamihara, July 2017

Project Statement: In April 2014, I took a photograph of my father, who was visiting my house in Kamakura. A doctor had recently diagnosed the 83-year-old with stage IV lung cancer but I hadn’t told him yet. I remember that ... It was the first time I took a photograph of my father when I knew a secret about him, which he didn’t know himself. Over the next three years, I continued taking photographs of my father. Each time I clicked the shutter I was sending a quiet message to him: ‘"Please don't die, dad ..."


5. My father, 87 years old, going to the hospital, Sagamihara, July 2017


6. My father, 87 years old, attended by my mother, Sagamihara, July 2017

Shin Noguchi is an award-winning street photographer based in Kamakura and Tokyo, Japan. He describes his street photography as an attempt to capture extraordinary moments of excitement, beauty, and humanism, among the flow of everyday life and has a discreet, poetic and enigmatic approach that is sensitive to the subtleties and complexities of Japanese culture without using posed/staged and no-finder/hip shot.


7. "Good night dad, see you soon", this was the last shot I took before my father died, My father, 87 years old, Sagamihara, Aug 2017


8. A few weeks later I received an emergency call from my family and rushed to the hospital, but my father had already passed away, a while before I arrived. - At the hospital morgue, Sagamihara, Sep 2017


9. In the hospital morgue, Sagamihara, Sep 2017


« Street photography always projects the "truth". The "truth" that I talk about isn't necessarily that I can see, but they also exist in society, in street, in people's life. and I always try to capture this reality beyond my own values and viewpoint/perspective »


10. In the crematory, Sagamihara, Sep 2017


11. My mother broke down crying after meeting with my father again, in the crematory, Sagamihara, Sep 2017


12. Kotoyo, praying for grandpa, Sagamihara, Sep 2017


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