The Higashikawa Awards 2017

The Domestic Photographer Award

The 33rd Higashikawa Award Winners - Domestic Photographer Award


Lives in Tokyo

For his exhibition “Arika” [Sense of Place] (Izu Photo Museum, 2016) and other photographic activities.

Born in Higashi-Nakano, Tokyo in 1940. Graduated from Jiyu Gakuen College in 1963 and Tokyo College of Photography in 1965. Started taking photos of the miners living conditions in Kyushu and Hokkaido over several years as a thesis project and won The 5th Taiyo Prize in 1968 with ‘Tankō (Yama)’ [The Coal Mine] series.
 His works often feature the powerful and rich ways of life of ordinary people, notably ‘Geinō Tōzai’ [Performance East and West] (1972-) records disappearing public performances such as chindon’ya street musicians, vaudevillians, popular theaters, ‘Ueno Eki’ [Ueno Station] (1980-) captures the various people arriving from Northern Japan using Ueno Station in its last days as a gateway, and ‘Toba’ [Slaughterhouse] (1986-) photographs people working in new and old slaughterhouses in Matsubara city, Osaka.
 Since 1991, he has repeatedly recorded the lives of people in Belarus contaminated by the Chernobyl power plant disaster and won the Society of Photography Award for ‘Infinite Embrace’ in 1995. Won The 17th Domon Ken Award for “Nadya’s Village” in 1998, also filming “Nadya’s Village” (1997) and “Alexei and the Spring” (2002).
 Has released a documentary film “Take Your Time - Arayashiki” showcasing people from various background coming together with farming in ‘Maki Cooperative School’, a small commune in Otari village, Nagano in 2015.
 Has held many solo exhibitions, notably, “Nadezhda - Hope” (The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2002) and “Sense of Place” (IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, 2016).

  • The Coal Mine, Kurate, Fukuoka


  • Sekine Circus, Numazu, Shizuoka


  • Ueno Station, Tokyo


  • Slaughterhouse, Matsubara, Osaka


  • Chernobyl, Dudichi Village, Belarus


  • Arayashiki, Otari, Nagano


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