Eikoh Hosoe

  • Frieze Masters Viewing Room

    Eikoh Hosoe October 9, 2020

    Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to be participating in Frieze Masters 2020 and we would love to invite you to join us at our virtual booth. We are proud to bring a solo presentation of Eikoh Hosoe's photography to the Spotlight section, exhibiting works from his most acclaimed series Kamaitachi (1969) and Barakei (Ordeal by Roses, 1963).


    Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan's most iconic post-war photographers, recognised for his legendary collaborations and impeccable aesthetics. To celebrate his selection for this year's Frieze Masters, we have curated an important selection of rare vintage prints, created by the artist in Japan during the 1960s. Additionally, the gallery holds a limited supply of later prints taken from these iconic series and sourced from the artist's studio.

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    February 26, 2019

    This is our first newsletter of the year and we wanted to let you know about the exciting things which will be happening over the next couple of months...

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    Sainsbury Centre exhibition January 4, 2017

    This exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi ArakiEikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

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  • Contemporary Japanese Photography Seminar

    DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation May 3, 2016

    The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce this event in association with Photo London. Simon Baker, Curator, International Art (Photography), Tate, and Michael Hoppen, Owner and Founder of Michael Hoppen Gallery, will discuss the photographic creativity and innovation emerging from contemporary Japanese photo artists.

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    Armory Art Fair, New York - Featured artist March 2, 2016

    “To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a mirroror window of self-expression… 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.” 

    - Eikoh Hosoe

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  • MHG Newsletter

    Michael looks ahead to an exciting year for the gallery February 23, 2016

    We have been busy in Japan again and have some wonderful new work to show to you in London this year.
    We are so proud to be able to bring Solitude of Ravens to our gallery. It has been a quest of mine for the past six years to exhibit this body of work.  And now finally it is hanging in our gallery and hope you will make the journey and come to see it.

    We have found that many more museums across Europe and America are also enjoying the fruits of Japanese photographers and our belief is still that it is not only some of the most interesting work to look at and collect, but it is of such quality and so beautifully produced, it still amazes us as to why it has taken so long to be embraced.

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  • Perfoming for the Camera

    Exhibition at Tate Modern, London February 17, 2016

    This exciting new photography show opens this week in London and runs until 12 June, 2016. 


    Michael Hoppen Gallery artists who are represented in the exhibition are:


    Masahisa Fukase - 'Bukubuku' (Bubbling) series

    Eikoh Hosoe

    Minoru Hirata - 'Dropping' series

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  • Japanese Photography: The Birth of a Market

    Michael Hoppen talks to Blouin Art Info December 16, 2015

    Western collectors’ newfound curiosity about the Provoke artists follows a concerted campaign by a handful of players that demonstrates both how changing tastes alter markets, and how markets can change tastes. 


    [article written by Noelle Bodick]

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  • Eikoh Hosoe

    August 12, 2015



    Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan's notable post-war photographers and filmmakers. 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.

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  • Memories of Akira Sato

    Mieko Wikstrom in conversation with Michael Hoppen February 2, 2015



    Mieko Wikstrom was the model and muse of Akira Sato for many years. Last year saw her visit the gallery and talk through some of her memories from a seismic time in Japanese photography, from the famous Vivo photography group to tales from behind the camera. 

    Below is a extract from that conversation...

    When did you last see him?


    I saw him the morning of his death. There on the last day.

    The studio in the beginning was at Vivo (in Skiggi?) but then you know he was just a young photographer starting - there were six people in Vivo…

    They shared a studio and they were just a group because each individual they didn't make any sense.

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