The Higashikawa Awards 2017

Hidano Kazuemon Award

The 33rd Higashikawa Award Winners - Hidano Kazuuemon Award

KOSEKI Yoshiro

Lives in Chiba

For his photobook “Kujūkurihama” (Shumpusha Publishing, 2004) and his activities over a long period of time, recording social phenomena and local customs or scenery in his homeplace of Chiba prefecture.

Born in Sakae village, Sousa county, Chiba (now Sousa city). Graduated from the junior high school under the new education system. While being apprenticed in a bicycle shop, he self-taught himself photography. Won a number of magazine photography competitions. In 1962, his photos of a fisherwoman ‘Oppeshi warming themselves’ was published in “Camera Mainichi”, winning the photo of the year. Opened his photography shop in Yokoshiba town, Chiba in 1967 and balances taking his photos with running his business.
 In 1973, he won a Newcomer’s Award of the Photographic Society of Japan for “Kujukuri hama” (mokujisha, 1972) for his long-term works where he proactively took photos of hardy fisherwomen called ‘Oppeshi’ and fishermen called ‘Funagata’ who live with the sea as the Oppeshi help to bring fish and boats from the sea which cannot reach the town since its beach is wide and shallow without a fishing boat.
 His works include, “Narita International Airport” (mokujisha, 1982), a reportage document of the time leading up to the opening of the airport including local protests, “Kujukuri ujo” (1993), photographs paired with his essays seeking out the failing nature of Kujukurihama beach and sea life, “Kokutetsu—Jōkikikanku no kiroku” [National Railways—A Record of the Steam Lines]” (Archives Publishing, 2007), emphasizing the train engineers who maintained the locomotives of the time in Sakura garage National Railways, Chiba in the early 1960s, “Kujira kaitai” [Whale Processing] (Shumpusha Publishing, 2011), the Japanese whale catching culture in Chiba, Wakayama and Miyagi at its crossroad. “Kujukurihama” (Shumpusha Publishing, 2004) was also re-released with newly taken photographs.
 Until now, he has taken photos of the place he was born and raised, showcasing the everyday lives and works of people, creating an important document which challenges modern society and culture.

  • From the series “Kujūkurihama”

    c.1963

  • From the series “Kujūkurihama”

    c.1963

  • From the series “Kujūkurihama”

    1980

  • From the series “Narita International Airport"

    c.1960

  • From the series "National Railways"

    the late 1960's

  • From the series "Whale Processing"

    2010

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