They Call Him Eddie

There is something really nice about the story of Eddie Oshiro. I stumbled upon this video recently. I can’t find his pictures online. It looks like the VC Center is working on that project. In a way, I don’t mind. I like the act of photographing and giving prints to people just for the joy of the act. All done with no pretense.

More info on this project below:

This summer, VC has began work on preserving the photos in the Eddie Oshiro Collection – treating the water damaged negatives and photographs of the Little Tokyo community from the 1980s to early 2000s.

The photos in the collection were taken by Eddie Oshiro (pictured right), a resident of Little Tokyo until his untimely death in 2005. Known as the “people’s photographer,” Eddie captured Little Tokyo’s landscape and its people through his unique lens.

When completed, the preserved Eddie Oshiro Collection will add tens of thousands of photographs to the VC Photo Archives, a rich repository of Asian American life in southern California. This project is made possible in part with generous support from the Japanese American Community Services and the Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! VC needs volunteers to help with sorting, matching and arranging the negatives and photos in the collection. To volunteer your time, please call us at 213-680-4462 or email

We are also seeking additional funds to support the completion of the project in 2009. Support VC’s preservation program and ensure that future generations have access to our visual history. Purchase a VC Membership online and add “Preservation” in the Purchase Order Number field to indicate your special support for this project.


The video clip at the top was created by Tadashi Nakamura.