Toho set photographer Takashi Nakao at a Grissom Gang dinner in May 2013. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Word is circulating that Toho Studios SFX set photographer Takashi Nakao has passed away. I met Nakao-san at a dinner party in May 2013 and had a pleasant chat with him. (He spoke some English.) I was also hoping to reconnect with him at some point, but sadly it was not to be. His SFX photography dates back to King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and runs through GMK (2001).
In the photo above, I am holding a reproduction of a picture Nakao-san took of Baragon on the set of Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965). Over the years, Nakao-san became a close friend of Godzilla suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma.
My condolences to his friends and family. Rest well, Nakao-san.