Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph such Godzilla film legends such as Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada, and Kenji Sahara. The photographs in this album range from 2011, from when I was handpicked by film historian August Ragone to document his historic trip to Los Angeles, to Akira Takarada’s Los Angeles visit in 2013, and in 2014 when Haruo Nakajima returned to Los Angeles along with actor Kenji Sahara.

My published Haruo Nakajima’s 2011 photographs, I’m told, have reached iconic status when they were printed in the extremely popular issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine issue #256 in 2011 and in the magazine “Monster Attack Team” issue #8. The photos present here are either seldom seen or never before shown and I’m very proud of my work here. There is a shot of Haruo Nakajima in FM #256 where he is looking at the original King Kong armature. The photo was quickly shot with only 2 photographs taken. One, the alternate, was printed 3 years later and signed by Nakajima and was given to director Gareth Edwards. That photograph now hangs on a wall in his home.

One of the shots here that shows Nakajima with the Kong armature has never been seen before and I’m proud to present it here for the first time. The original Godzilla along side the original King Kong. An event that will never happen again.

Photographing each of these icons has been a once in a lifetime opportunity and in the case of the 2011 visit, one that gave me new lifelong friends. I’m proud to call Haruo Nakajima my friend and what were once polite bows and smiles upon first meeting have turned into hugs and laughter.

I hope Godzilla fans enjoy these photos of these cinematic icons for years to come.


Haruo Nakajima and the 1998 American Godzilla 
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


Actor Kenji Sahara gets a look at the new American Godzilla for the first time
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, and Mr. Sahara’s translator check out the new American Godzilla design
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


Kenji Sahara and the new American Godzilla 2014 
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


The War of the Gargantuas (1966) stars Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and Kenji Sahara 
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


Haruo Nakajima signing an alternate photo print I took of him and the original King Kong armature at MonsterPalooza in 2011. The other photo (close in identity) was published in Famous Monsters of Filmland #256. This signed print is the only one in existence and now belongs to Godzilla 2014 director Gareth Edwards.
Burbank, California
3-30-2014


Akira Takarada clowns for my camera 
Burbank, California
10-12-2013


Haruo Nakajima
Hollywood, California
4-11-2011


Akira Takarada at MonsterPalooza
Burbank, California
10-12-2013


Haruo Nakajima
Hollywood, California
4-11-2011


Haruo Nakajima and the Hollywood sign
Los Angeles, California
4-11-2011


Haruo Nakajima
Burbank, California
4-11-2011


David Chapple, Haruo Nakajima, Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster from TV’s “The Munsters”) and Brad Thompson
Burbank, California
4-10-2011


Haruo Nakajima and artist William Stout
Burbank, California
4-10-2011


Haruo Nakajima with Tom and Diane from Clawmark Toys
Burbank, California
4-9-2011


Haruo Nakajima
Hollywood, California
4-11-2011


Haruo Nakajima with Godzilla 2014
Burbank, California
3-30-2014

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