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Hiroshi Watanabe


ARTIST STATEMENT

My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, studying my subjects in preparation, while at the same time keeping my mind open for the surprises.

The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. Mostly, I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest, while other times I seek pure beauty. I wish for my images to distill scenes ranging from the ephemeral to the eternal, from the esoteric to the symbolic.

A current that underlies my work is the concept of preservation. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation, and that I constantly seek to expand.


EDUCATION

1971 - 1975 Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University, BA

1995 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Studied with Jerry Uelsmann

1996 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Studied with John Sexton


CHRONOLOGY

1975 Moved to Los Angeles.

1982 Established a production company.

2000 Closed down the production company, and became a full-time
photographer.


AWARDS

2003 Photo Review, Philadelphia

2003 International Photography Awards, Los Angeles

2002 Photo Review, Philadelphia

2002 Print Center 76th Annual International Competition, Philadelphia

2002 Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA

2001 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles

2000 London Photographic Awards, London

2000 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles

1995 Western Art Directors Club, San Francisco

1978 Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

1973 Advertising Photographers' Association, Tokyo


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2004 Portraits: Kabuki, White Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Watermark Fine Art Photographs, Houston, TX

2003 The Photography Room, Grand Rapids, MI

2003 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2002 Veiled Observations and Reflections, White Room Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2004 Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA

2003 Inspirations and Interpretations, White Room Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA

2003 Delicate Objects, The Photography Room, Grand Rapids. MI

2002 2002 Center Awards Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

2002 The Print Center, Philadelphia

2002 Quiet Observations, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002 A Bird Show, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY

2002 Grand Opening Exhibition, The Photography Room,
Grand Rapids, MI

2001 America the Beautiful, Edward Carter Gallery, New York

1997 Rear View, California State University, Northridge

1977 3-man Show, Soho Photo Gallery, Los Angeles


COLLECTIONS

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY


BIBLIOGRAPHY

FACES Vol. 1 San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2003

FACES Vol. 2 Kabuki Players. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2003

B&W October issue. Black and White Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002

VEILED OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2002

London Photographic Awards 4. Kevin O'Connor, London, UK, 2000

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