Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University in 1975. 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 and produced numerous commercials. 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 entirely to the art and became a full time photographer.

His work has been published around the world, and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan.

Awards

1973 Advertising Photographers Association, Japan
1978 Los Angeles Times
1996 Western Art Directors Club
2000 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2000 London Photographic Awards
2001 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2002 Print Center
2002 Center for Photographic Art
2002 Photo Review
2003 International Photography Awards
2003 Photo Review
2003 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2004 Black & White Spider Awards
2005 Photo Review
2005 Black & White Spider Awards
2006 Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award
2007 Photo City Sagamihara Awards
2008 Center Project competition First Prize

Collections

His work is in the permanent collections of following museums:

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Santa Monica Pier 2000

Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Ellis Island 2, New York 1999
White Terns, Midway Atoll 1999
El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador 2002
Patient ES, Schizophrenia, San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital 2002
Chikako Suga, Matsuo Kabuki 2003
Yuki Nonaka, Matsuo Kabuki 2003
Musume's Head, Ena Bunraku 2004
Yoroboshi, Naito Clan 2004

George Eastman House
Vietnam War Memorial, Washington D.C. 1999
Church, San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital 2002

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
El Arbolito Park, Quito, Ecuador. 2002
Vietnam War Memorial, Washington D.C. 1999
Edison Pastillo, Ecuador. 2000

 

  • image Ideology in Paradise

    Mado-Sha, Tokyo, 2008. 120 pp., 112 color illustrations., 8½x10½"

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  • image Love Point

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  • image The Day the Dam Collapses

    Text by Kirsten Rian. The latest body of work from California-based Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe (born 1951), The Day the Dam Collapses consists (unusually for this artist) of digital pictures taken over the past five years (since his son was born). Ranging from seemingly ordinary details of quotidian life to poetic visual metaphors, the The Day the Dam Collapses paints the cycles of life as fleeting, fragile and devastatingly ephemeral. In his introduction to the book, Watanabe writes: "the truth is, we are all living like the characters in a disaster movie. We know we may someday face a disaster or a terrible event, but we keep living calmly as we do not know what and when that might occur. But a disaster will surely come to us. And the largest disaster must be our death that we all have to face sometime in the future." Despite these looming intimations of mortality, Watanabe persists in recording and sharing a life fully felt.

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