Later, he continued to capture this beauty through photography by using his own hand-made box camera. He was ten years old then.
The boy made a darkroom out of a black curtain and learned film development by himself.
In a summer vacation, Maitani
was taking a photography diary with his father's Rolleiflex
in secret. When his father found out the diary, he gave Maitani a Togo
camera, an inexpensive toy camera for kids.
Maitani was a very skillful photographer and frequently won awards in magazine photography contests. He even found fault with camera design and submitted his own designs to magazines. He held 4 design patents when he was 16 years old.
When Maitani was in the university, he was influenced by professor Torajirou Watanabe. Professor Watanabe once told Maitani : "What your job is, is to find out where the problem lies." This became a guiding light in Maitaniís thinking.
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