SHOMEI TOMATSU


Shomei Tomatsu

(photo by Naruaki Ohnishi)

The legendary Japanese photographer, Shomei Tomatsu, was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1930, and became a published photographer while a student of economics at Aichi University. He first worked for Iwanami Shoten Publishers and then embarked on his free-lance career in 1956. In 1959 he co-founded the avant-garde photographic agency, Vivo, with Eikoh Hosoe and Ikko Narahara. He founded his own publishing company, Shaken, in 1967. He has had a university teaching career and is the recipient of numerous awards including, in 1995, the Japanese government's Purple Ribbon, for artistic achievement. He has a lengthy and distinguished exhibition history at home and abroad. His works are in the permanent collections of numerous major museums world-wide, including the Harvard University Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Winterthur, The Centre Pompidou, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. His retrospective, the traveling exhibition, "Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation", 2004 to 2006, curated by Sandra Phillips and Leo Rubinfien for San Francisco˘s Museum of Modern Art, which has a comprehensive catalogue, is one of numerous solo museum exhibitions of Tomatsu˘s work. His prolific output of photography books includes "Pottery Town: Seto", 1955, "Nippon", 1967, "Saramu Areikomu", 1968, "O Shinjuku", 1969, "I am a King", 1972, "The Pencil of the Sun", 1975, "Ruinous Garden", 1987, and "Traces: 50 Years of Tomatsu˘s Works", 1999. Tomatsu˘s photographic vision is boundless. He is constantly creating. His latest publication is "Shomei Tomatsu: Hues and Textures of Nagasaki", the catalogue for his solo exhibition of the same name, at the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, in fall of 2009.
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