photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, United States 505-988-5152 x202
AD Galerie, Geneve, Switzerland
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Mickeko Galerie, Munich, Germany
Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA, United States
Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Takeda Art, Tokyo, Japan
Tanto Tempo, KObe, Japan
Tosei Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
I go to places that captivate and intrigue me. I am interested in what humans do. I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest. I immerse myself with information on the places prior to leaving, but I try to avoid firm, preconceived ideas. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, keeping my mind open for surprises. At times, I envision images I’d like to capture, but when I actually look through the viewfinder, my mind goes blank and I photograph whatever catches my eye. Photographs I return with are usually different from my original concepts. My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity, while other times I seek pure beauty. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. I believe there’s a thread that connects all of my work -- my personal vision of the world as a whole. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation.
My b&w gelatin-silver prints are hand-crafted prints personally made by myself. Each photograph is individually printed on fiber-based archival paper and toned for permanence to meet archival requirements ensuring a lifetime of viewing.
Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and became involved in the production of TV commercials, eventually working as a producer. He later established his own production company. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993. In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide extensively, photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself to the art and became a full time photographer.?
Since then, his work has been exhibited and published in many parts of the world. His awards include International Photography Awards (2003), Black & White Spider Awards (2004, 2005), Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award (2006), Sagamihara Photo Award (2007), Santa Fe Center Project Competition First Prize (2008), and Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial (2009). His work is in the collections of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and San Jose Museum of Art.
Monographs: “I See Angels Every Day”, Mado-sha, Japan 2007
“Findings”, Photolucida, USA 2007
“Ideology in Paradise”, Mado-sha, Japan 2008
“Suo Sarumawashi”, photo-eye Editions, USA 2009
“Love Point”, Toseisha, Japan 2010
“99 Findings”, Hibiku, Japan 2012
“ARTIFACTS”, Hibiku, Japan 2012
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