Hiroshi Watanabe Santa Monica Pier
Medium Toned silver print
Photo Date 2000 Print Date 2009
Dimensions 14 x 14 in. (356 x 356 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed and editioned (10/15) on verso.
Hiroshi Watanabe is a California-based Japanese photographer. Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1951, Watanabe graduated from the Department of Photography of Nihon University in 1975 and moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a production coordinator for Japanese television commercials and later co-founded a Japanese coordination services company.
He obtained an MBA from UCLA in 1993. Two years later he revived his earlier interest in photography, and from 2000 he has worked full-time at photography.
After five self-published books, Watanabe's first photo book to be published conventionally was I See Angels Every Day, monochrome portraits of the patients and other scenes within San Lázaro psychiatric hospital in Quito, Ecuador. This won the 2007 Photo City Sagamihara award for Japanese professional photographers.
In 2005, a portfolio of his work was featured in Nueva Luz photographic journal, volume 10.3. In 2007 Watanabe won a "Critical Mass" award from Photolucida that allowed publication of his monograph Findings.
In 2008, his work on North Korea won the Santa Fe Center Project Competition First Prize, and the book titled "Ideology of Paradise" was published in Japan.
He was invited and participated in commission projects such as "Real Venice" in 2010 (its exhibition was a program at the 2011 Venice Biennial), "Bull City Summer" in 2013, and "The Art of Survival, Enduring Turmoil of Tule Lake" in 2014.
Watanabe's works are in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others.
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