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They Get Younger All the Time: Meet Fuji, the 3-Year-Old Photographer

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His name is Onafujiri Remet and he is a street photographer from Lagos, Nigeria. His work was just featured in his very first photographic exhibition. He is handsome, he shoots Sony and… he is 3 years old. That’s right, 3 years old.

According to CNN, little “Fuji,” as he is known by family and friends, comes from a family of creatives, one of which is his older sister, Onarietta, who herself, is a photographer. She looks to be about ten.

I love all of little Fuji’s images, but I think my favorite is a shot showing him hard at work, cap on backwards, camera strap hanging down to his bottom, face focused on getting the shot.

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Fuji’s father, Pius Kugbere Remet, credits his talents with growing up in a house filled with creativity. “The creative home environment with unquestioned access to series of cameras is a key factor [in his interest in photography].”

A photograph made by Fuji

A photograph made by Fuji (the boy, not the camera company)

“Unquestioned access to cameras.” Wow, those are some trusting parents. I freak out when my children want to play with my iPhone.

Check out Fuji’s work over on CNN here and here. You can find photographs from Fuji’s exhibition over at Sipa Press.


Image credits: Photographs by Sunlili and Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet


 
 
  • dannybuoy

    and he has, by the looks of it, massive freakin feet

  • Manwithacamera

    Great!

  • David Liang

    Really cute shots of him taking photos of his sister.

  • Austin

    I know its random but kids see the world in a whole different perspective than adults to. If he enjoys it, why make him stop?

  • Joe

    Ey that’s my man, shooting Sony! Awesome to see kids starting young.

  • kellyh

    So, everyone with a camera is a photographer. ok. my sister taking notes on a post-it is a writer too.

  • Ziz

    no she is a note-taker

  • A_Lwin

    Well a photographer is someone who takes photos… so yes. But the differences are Professional, Amateur, Hobbyist, Enthusiast, etc.

  • Peter Horsman

    Don’t spoil a sweet story Dude, we all know what it is.

  • Mrs Frederick

    he has big shoes to fill

  • Jason Essig

    This kid needs a Sun Times press pass.

  • Mak Wa

    It’s cute and all, but most of the shots we see (that the father posted up) are of the kid posing/playing with the camera.

  • 9inchnail

    Well, can we actually see some photos the kid took? I don’t wanna see photos of him with a camera. I’ve seen photos of cats and dogs with cameras, doesn’t make them great photographers, does it?

  • Brian Zuzulock

    Hey! Let’s all be super critical of a three year old’s photography because we are so insecure about our own work!

    The whole debate over whether or not “everyone is a photographer” needs to stop. A ton of people do everything, there will be constant competition in anything you pursue, and you have to work hard to stand out no matter what. Spend less time debating whether a 3 year old is a photographer and get to work. He’s showing work in galleries and your on a forum criticizing a child… something’s wrong with that picture.

  • Vin Weathermon

    So you are not impressed? Or you are jealous? What??? It makes me happy to see a 3 year old passionate about the same thing I am. And…if your sister was 3 while taking notes on a post-it, I’d be seriously impressed.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Thanks for saying what I was thinking. There seems to be an abundance of “critical for no reason” comments. This is a human interest story, not an invitation to compare everyone else’s work to his.

  • Tony L.

    Nice to hear/see youngsters taking an interest in photography. But with all this attention caused by the media, I wonder if this little guy will be hindered from progressing his skills. I hope his parents or someone will teach him about the technical side of photography and lighting. A 3 year old that shoots like the way he does in cute and endearing, but a teen/adult shooting like this would be scrutinized. I wish him all the best!

  • Nathan

    A 3 year old took pictures…why is this news again?

  • Brian Zuzulock

    You’re reading way too far into this.

  • someguy

    Wellll, my two year old daughter took my old camera a while back and, (while she wasn’t exactly sure about the difference between on/off and shutter relelease), she shot – among other things – two really nice povs from her changing table.

    We’ll be visiting NYC later this summer and I very much plan to equip her with one or two disposable film cameras :)

  • someguy

    releleleleasele. that’s a word.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Better to shoot with a camera than an AK-47.

  • 9inchnail

    That citicism is a reaction to “praise for no reason”. If I buy a kid a guitar, that doesn’t make that kid a musician, does it? Snapping a photo is even easier than playing guitar. So if that kid is so amazing and talented, why are there no photos he took? Just photos of him.
    Having photos in a gallery doesn’t mean jack, either. There have been expositions of paintings done by chimps or elephants.

  • 9inchnail

    Because he’s 3.
    Three!
    THREEEEE!!!!!

    Yeah, slow newsday.

  • 9inchnail

    Depends on what you’re shooting.

  • Vin Weathermon

    It’s good that you have reviewed all the three year old boy’s body of work and have formed your opinion. By your own standards, what exactly is ok to accept praise? Should he be brain surgeon? Provide the plan to end world hunger? Carve sculptures of Plato in eggshells? I guess a three year old that can actually OPERATE a camera fully is just another blur in a sea of useless human ambition to some….but I’d be darn proud of my kid if she had such a desire to do what has taken me years to accomplish. I think only parents could appreciate this post anyway; if you aren’t a parent you probably would not have a well rounded perspective, and might be prone to bitter, negative criticism of those that do.

  • levitor

    Aim high man! :)

  • Courtney Navey

    yeah not that cute.