Based in Japan, Thaddeus Pope is a documentary photographer with a passion for human-centred visual storytelling. He is available for assignments and workshops in Japan and around the world.
Thaddeus Pope is based in Japan where his current photographic practice focuses primarily on Japanese culture, with a particular interest in the role of ritual and tradition in contemporary Japanese life.
Thaddeus is an event photography specialist who has photographed dozens of events in the UK, USA, UAE, Japan and Spain, including events organised with the Government of Japan, The Wall Street Journal, J. Walter Thompson, Merrill Lynch and University College London (UCL).
In addition to his professional photographic experience, Thaddeus is an enthusiastic amateur wildlife photographer with a lifelong love for animals and an interest in environmental conservation.
In April 2020, Thaddeus began photographing the waterfalls of Tottori Prefecture, Japan. He now plans to run waterfall photography workshops throughout the prefecture once the coronavirus pandemic has ended.
Karo Nakizumo Festival (Crying Baby Sumo)
Nakizumo or “Baby Crying Sumo” festivals are held in the belief that crying babies will grow to be healthy and strong and have prosperous futures – especially so if the crying is long and loud!
Nada no Kenka Matsuri (Nada Fighting Festival)
The Nada no Kenka Matsuri is an especially high-spirited Shinto festival, which brings the local community together in an annual celebration of great cultural and spiritual significance.
Misasa Onsen Hanayu Festival (Misasa no Jinsho)
Misasa Onsen Hanayu Festival (Misasa no Jinsho) culminates in a giant tug of war between two teams of local men representing the western and eastern parts of Misasa Onsen in Tottori Prefecture.
Thaddeus Pope is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who has worked on video projects with several NGO’s, including the Hope International Development Agency in Japan, and the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education in the Philippines.
Featured image from the documentary film The Greatest Gift.
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