Eikoh Hosoe

Japanese, b. 1933

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Eikoh Hosoe

Japanese, b. 1933

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Enmeshed in the postwar Japanese ferment, Eikoh Hosoe picked up a camera at 15 and became one of the foremost photographers of his time, producing searing, surreal, expressionistic images focused on the human body and the human being. “To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a ‘mirror’ or ‘window’ of self-expression,” he says. “The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye. And yet the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory.” Together with Shomei Tomatsu and other contemporaries, he founded the VIVO agency (1959-61), propagating a new approach to photography. While others documented street life in Japan’s ravaged cities, Hosoe worked mainly in his studio, making raw images of the body, which aimed to penetrate beyond the skin to capture the heart and mind.

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Biography

Enmeshed in the postwar Japanese ferment, Eikoh Hosoe picked up a camera at 15 and became one of the foremost photographers of his time, producing searing, surreal, expressionistic images focused on the human body and the human being. “To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a ‘mirror’ or ‘window’ of self-expression,” he says. “The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye. And yet the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory.” Together with Shomei Tomatsu and other contemporaries, he founded the VIVO agency (1959-61), propagating a new approach to photography. While others documented street life in Japan’s ravaged cities, Hosoe worked mainly in his studio, making raw images of the body, which aimed to penetrate beyond the skin to capture the heart and mind.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Fotofest International