Hiroshi Watanabe, "Marina Ema & Kazusa Ito, Matsuo Kabuki", 2003, from the series "Kabuki Players", silver gelatin print, 16x20”. Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

Hiroshi Watanabe, “Marina Ema & Kazusa Ito, Matsuo Kabuki”, 2003, from the series “Kabuki Players”, silver gelatin print, 16×20”. Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

Hiroshi Watanabe

Quiet, thoughtful and unassuming are words often used when describing images made by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe. Whether photographing a lone child atop a jungle gym-like structure, a shadow of the Washington Monument perfectly draped upon the Vietnam War Memorial, or the simplicity of a lace wedding glove, Watanabe proves time and again that when a photographer is patient, beauty and opportunity reveals itself in everyday events. This silent elegance can also be seen in the faces of amateur Kabuki dancers posing for the camera, and in portraits of macaque monkeys trained in the art of “monkey dancing,” an ancient religious ritual that has become a form of entertainment. From a remote village in Japan, to a farm in Ecuador, to a market in India, Hiroshi Watanabe photographs in places that captive him, where traditions, people and locations intersect.

Hiroshi Watanabe (Los Angeles, CA) received his undergraduate degree in photography from the College of Art at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan in 1975. He later received his Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. His work has been published around the world and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan including Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago, IL), Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Gallery Tosei (Tokyo, Japan) and AD Galerie (Genolier, Switzerland). Hiroshi’s work can be found in the permanent collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The George Eastman House, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He has also been the recipient of various art awards, among those include, The 2009 Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial, The 2008 Center Project Competition First Prize, The Photo City Sagamihara Award in 2007, Photo Review in 2002 and 2005, and others. Hiroshi has also published numerous artist books including Love Point, Suo Sarumawashi, Ideology in Paradise, and Findings.