The Higashikawa Awards 2018

Special Photographer Award

The 34th Higashikawa Award Winners - Special Photographer Award

OHASHI Eiji

Lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido

For his series “Roadside Lights” (2010-) and “Being there” (2008-)

Was born in Wakkanai city, Hokkaido in 1955. Made documentary works shooting vast wildernesses in Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and the western region of China and their ethnic minorities with the theme “What is happiness for people”.
 Becoming a freelancer in 2010, while shooting commercial photography, he started shooting his “Roadside Lights” series regarding vending machines as symbolizing the most common feature of Japanese landscapes. Vending machines, omnipresent all over Japan in ordinary streets as well as in mountainous regions and the farthest capes with almost no people walking by, epitomize Japanese society.
 Main publications include “MERCI” (Madosha, 2015), monochrome photographs of airy scenes mixed with vending machines emitting bright light and soft snow lit by them and monochrome “Being There” (Case Publishing, 2017) and color photographs “Roadside Lights” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2017 / Photo-eyes Best Books Award ). Main exhibitions are “Roadside Lights” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2017), “Existence of” (Epson Imaging Gallery epSITE, 2017) and “Eiji Ohashi-Being There, Roadside Lights” (Case Rotterdam, 2018). Has gained increased recognition overseas in recent years.

  • Yokaichi, Higashiomi, Shiga

    October 2015
    from the series "Being There"

  • Okuma, Fukushima

    January 2015
    from the series "Being There"

  • Iwamizawa, Hokkaido

    Februrary 2015
    from the series "Being There"

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    Kutchan, Hokkaido

    April 2017
    from the series " Roadside Lights"

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    Toyohira, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    December 2016
    from the series " Roadside Lights"

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    Urakawa, Hokkaido

    September 2015
    from the series " Roadside Lights"

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