Embrace *60, 1971
© Eikoh Hosoe
Silver gelatin print
Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan’s notable post-war photographers and film-makers. Hosoe was born in 1933 in Yamagata prefecture, as Toshihio Hosoe. He changed his name to Eikoh after the Second World War, to symbolize the new Japan he was photographing. He studied at the Tokyo College of Photography and graduated in 1954 to become a freelancer. Later, Hosoe worked for photography magazines and womens magazines. Hosoe gained professional acclaim when he won the Fuji Film Award student category
Hosoe’s photography is often collaborated or link with his artist acquaintances, the series Bara-kei (Ordeal by Roses) was created in 1962 with the famous writer Yukio Mishima as a model, and the series Kamaitachi was created with dancer Tatsumi Hijikata as the model in 1969. In addition, Hosoe has been a part of many artist groups and co-operations like Demokrato, VIVO, and Jazz Film Laboratory, which he founded. Hosoe is also the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts established in 1995. Hosoe also contributed as a teacher at Tokyo’s School of Photography (from 1969) and College of Photography (from 1975). Hosoe has also been the Vice President of the Japanese Photographers Association since 1981.
Hosoe has received the Royal Photographic Society’s 150th anniversary special medal, for his work as a photographer who has made a lifetime contribution to art, in 2003. He has also been awarded the title of Japanese Person of Cultural Merit (2010), has won the “New photographer of the year” award from the Japanese Photo Critics association (1960), and several other awards.