A portrait by Tamura of Osamu Dazai.
He studied photography at the Oriental School of Photography, graduating in 1929.
With Yoshio Watanabe, in 1935 he set up a studio for advertising and other photography in Ginza, Tokyo. He was highly successful as a fashion photographer, notably in work for the magazine Fujin Gahō from 1937. Together with Ken Domon and others, he set up the Young People's Photojournalism Research Society (Seinen Hōdōshashin Kenkyūkai) in 1938.
Later was appointed chief of Japan Photo Industrial Art Department and was detailed to supply publicity pictures on Japan for the official publication known as Van (1940).
During World War II was drafted into the army and saw service in Burma as a member of the signal corps. After the war was appointed chief of the photo department of World Photo Review (1946), which he resigned to become free lancer once more.