SINJUKU-KU, TOKYO -MAY 2017: Locals residents stretch before an early morning session of rajio taisō in Edogawa park. Rajio taisō was introduced to Japan in 1928 as a commemoration of the coronation of Emperor Hirohito. The idea for radio broadcast calisthenics came from the US, where during the 1920s the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. sponsored 15-minute radio calisthenics in major cities in the US. Visiting employees of the Japanese postal insurance division brought samples of the exercises from the US back to Japan. The exercises were widely used to improve the health of Japanese soldiers both at home and abroad during the 1930s and 1940s. After Japan's defeat in 1945, the broadcasts were banned by the occupying powers as being too militaristic in nature. After several rewrites to the exercise routine, it was reintroduced by NHK radio in 1951 with the support of the education ministry, health ministry, the Japan Gymnastic Association and the Japan Recreation Association (photo Gilles Mingasson).

SINJUKU-KU, TOKYO -MAY 2017: Locals residents stretch before an early morning session of rajio taisō in Edogawa park. Rajio taisō was introduced to Japan in 1928 as a commemoration of the coronation of Emperor Hirohito. The idea for radio broadcast calisthenics came from the US, where during the 1920s the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. sponsored 15-minute radio calisthenics in major cities in the US. Visiting employees of the Japanese postal insurance division brought samples of the exercises from the US back to Japan. The exercises were widely used to improve the health of Japanese soldiers both at home and abroad during the 1930s and 1940s. After Japan's defeat in 1945, the broadcasts were banned by the occupying powers as being too militaristic in nature. After several rewrites to the exercise routine, it was reintroduced by NHK radio in 1951 with the support of the education ministry, health ministry, the Japan Gymnastic Association and the Japan Recreation Association (photo Gilles Mingasson). 

Gilles Mingasson

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I grew up in the south of France, and moved to Paris to pursue photojournalism. After I was sent to the U.S. on assignment, I made Los Angeles my base.  

Over the last 20 years, I have photographed people and places in different corners of the word, from cycling across Russia to capture daily life, to various assignments in the U.S., Asia, Australia, Latin America, Europe, India, the Caribbean, and North Africa. 

I shoot editorial, documentaries, portraits, travel, corporate, advertising, and on movie sets -stills & motion. I speak English, French, and Spanish. 

I enjoy collaborating with photo editors, writers, creative directors, and most of all, subjects. I approach my shoots with curiosity, passion, and a flexible attitude.  

When not on assignment, I stay creative by shooting personal projects. My pictures of an Eskimo village threatened by climate change were featured at the International Center of Photography in New York, and exhibited in museums in the U.S. and Europe. A photo essay on Latinos in the U.S. won an American Photography Award. I am currently working on a personal project in Tokyo. 

I am also a lecturer / presenter, and an International Photo Contest Jury Member. 

Some of my clients: National Geographic Books, The Smithsonian, Capital, L'Equipe Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine, Paris Match, l'Obs, Der Spiegel, Focus, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC America, BBC Worlwide, Scripps Networks, ABC, Disney, Advanced Bionics, Microsoft, Airbnb, Bechtel, Target, adidas, Nike, Wells Fargo, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Yardi. 

Award: 

American Photography Award (for "Latino USA") 

Exhibits: 

• The End of Shishmaref - Global Warming: 

International Center of Photography, New York 

Nobel Peace Center, Olso | Bozar Museum, Brussel 

Ministry of Culture, Monaco | Field Museum, Chicago  

Wave Hiil, New York. 

• Moments Between Millenniums  

Los Angeles Public Library 

Film documentaries: 

The Executioners (52 min on people who apply the death penalty in the U.S.), for Capa and France2.  

The NASCAR Dads, for France2 - Envoyé Spécial. 

Short Film (award winning): 

Whistand One Night