Eikoh Hosoe

  • Hosoe, Eikoh (1933)

    Hosoe, Eikoh (1933)

    The Red List

    In the nude genre, Eiko Hosoe dares to mingle bodies and genitals within dramatically composed black and white images that diffuse eroticism and violence at the same time, an atmosphere of brutal reality and yet, surrealist fantasy. What helped establish the photographer’s style was his discovery, in 1959, of the avant-garde choreographer, Tatsumi Hijikata’s butô dance: a chaotic and nude spectacle. Thus, both artists in their own way contributed to reveal a body in a country that had the tendency of hiding it.



    HungerTV June 21, 2016

    Throughout his career Eikoh Hosoe’s work combines contemporary image making with pre-modern historical ideas and legends. As such, the Japanese photographers work transcends date and time and manages to be both experimental and reverential.

    His work is spontaneous, often inspired by poetry written by his contemporary Yukio Mishima or by the work and friendship of dancer Tatsumi Hijikata. Hosoe’s work is consistently pre-occupied with irrationality, erotic obsession and death. Here are seven of his most striking images.

  • Performing for the Camera: 5 key artists

    Performing for the Camera: 5 key artists

    Tate Online February 15, 2016

    Curator Simon Baker, selects his top five artists from the forthcoming Performing for the Camera at the Tate Modern, which runs from 18 February 2016 — 12 June 2016


    Eikoh Hosoe is the last surviving member of a great generation of Japanese photographers and is described, even by his peers, as ‘sensei’ or ‘master’. Although his work now looks classical and formally beautiful, Hosoe was a ground-breaking artist in his youth, collaborating with the most colourful characters of the 1960s avant-garde. He worked with the writer (and bodybuilder) Yukio Mishima, famous in Japan for having committed ritual suicide after failing to overthrow the government, as well as many more conventional actors and dancers. His best known work was made with the dancer and choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata, who founded the Japanese dance movement, Butoh. Published as a luxury photobook, Kamaitachi refers to a mischievous spirit that the Japanese believe cuts your legs when you walk through long grass in the countryside.

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  • Rupture, Reconnection: The Photography of Eikoh Hosoe (Video)

    Rupture, Reconnection: The Photography of Eikoh Hosoe (Video)

    Aperture October 24, 2013

    On October 9, Aperture Foundation and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery hosted a panel discussion on the career and influence of Eikoh Hosoe, widely acknowledged as a pioneer of expressionistic post-World War II Japanese photography. Spanning over fifty years, Hosoe’s work explored the human body’s physicality as a subject that reveals a shifting interior landscape of dreams and desires.





    Claire Sabel, ArtAsiaPacific October 19, 2013

    The massive loft space of the Aperture Foundation in Chelsea, which serves as a hub for the organization’s numerous activities geared towards the advancement of photography, also houses a number of smaller galleries. Miyako Yoshinaga, on building’s 2nd floor, specializes in Japanese photography, and this month the gallery put up 34 vintage prints by Japanese photographer, Eikoh Hosoe, offering a striking and concentrated selection of the images that confirmed Hosoe’s place as one of the country’s most talented photographers.

  • Review: Kamaitachi by Eikoh Hosoe

    Review: Kamaitachi by Eikoh Hosoe

    Joerg Colberg, Conscientious November 20, 2009

    We might be experiencing a bit of a renaissance of Japanese photography books in the West, or rather a naissance - since outside of a small circle of dedicated collectors Japanese photo books are not widely known. Eikoh Hosoe’s Kamaitachiwas originally published in 1969, and it is here re-released, in a slightly extended form, by Aperture.


    A very important re-release, which hopefully will expand our thinking of what photography is and what it can do.