Issei Suda was born in Tokyo in 1940 and graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1962. From 1962 to 1970, he worked as a cameraman for the avant-garde theatre group Tenjo Sajiki. Since 1971, he has worked as a freelance photographer and taught at Osaka University of Art.
Suda's black and white portraits and street scenes are especially influential in Japanese photography. His work is featured in many major museum collections around the world, including SFMoMa, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The J.Paul Getty Museum. His publications include Fushi Kaden(1978), My Tokyo 100 (1979), Human Memory (1996) and Minyou Sanga (2007). Human Memory won the Domon Ken price in 1997.
Issei Suda is featured in Sanbusaku 1 三部作