Deep within the bowels of National Geographic, there is a man who is behind some of the most iconic images. He is not one of the photographers whose pictures graces the cover though. For 32 years, Kenji Yamaguchi has been modifying and tweaking camera gear to help photographers get that decisive moment.
His workshop is littered with lens element, broken shutters, robotic motors and Frankenstein-like contraptions; with the flick of a switch and a turn of his lathe, Yamaguchi can create magic. Anything that he can imagine (or is requested of him), he can conjure up, like his beloved motion-detecting flash traps or a wide angle macro lens. “Sometimes photographers come to me and sometimes ideas just pop up in my head, so I just try to do whatever I can do to create,” Kenji says.
The Magic Starts Here: Kenji’s Workshop of Camera Wizardry
Thought he doesn’t receive any awards for the images he helps create, he cherishes the ‘Thank You’s’ from the staff photographers that he works with. “It’s not really a certificate or things like that, but ‘Kenji thank you very much for your help’ is the best thing I’ve ever got.” Yamaguchi has help create breathtaking images for over three decades with no signs of stopping.
[Via National Geographic / Images via screen captures]