Father of all MMA photographers interview and gallery

source: en.susumug.com
 

MMA photography pioneer Susumu Nagao - who has shot some of the most important and historic events in MMA history - spoke to MMA Fighting's own photographer Esther Lin about an exhibition of his work at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, California.

Nagao discusses how he got interested in MMA through Shooto and professional wrestling, his early impressions of Royce Gracie during the first UFC events, the stories behind some of his most famous photos, Pride's spectacle and how much he misses it now, the special relationship he had with Carlson Gracie despite a language barrier and so much more.  

A handful of Nagao's countless iconic images appears below.

The copyright of these photograph is held by Susumu Nagao.

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7/16/12 1:46 PM by Funaki Masakatsu #1

Glad to share!

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7/16/12 1:46 PM by Funaki Masakatsu #1

Glad to share!

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7/16/12 12:22 PM by Pro Ice

 Very cool, thanks for sharing #1

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7/16/12 12:22 PM by Pro Ice

 Very cool, thanks for sharing #1

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7/16/12 11:34 AM by Heineken Man

What did he say at the end about calling Renzo?

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7/16/12 11:34 AM by Heineken Man

What did he say at the end about calling Renzo?

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7/16/12 11:00 AM by MMAxNate

 respecttt

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7/16/12 11:00 AM by MMAxNate

 respecttt

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7/16/12 10:57 AM by T-Ham

Great interview

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7/16/12 10:57 AM by T-Ham

Great interview