Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1939 Hiromi Tsuchida studied
engineering before enrolling in the Tokyo College of
Photography in 1965 where he was later to return as a
professor. He became a freelance photographer in 1971.
Tsuchida began to receive recognition for his work early in
his career and was included in the seminal 1974 exhibition
New Japanese Photography at MoMA in New York.
Zokushin, Tsuchida’s first publication and best-known work,
was taken during the early 1970s. Tsuchida travelled through rural areas across Japan to photograph people in their daily lives. He used the term ‘Zokushin’, which translates into ‘Gods on Earth’, to refer to the ‘ordinary’ Japanese people and their relationship with traditional festivals, rituals, spirituality and religion. Tsuchida has also made impressive series on the bombings of Hiroshima.
In 2007, Hiromi Tsuchida’s Japan, a retrospective, was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography where he was awarded the 27th Annual Ken Domon Award. His works can be found in among others the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the MoMA in New York, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.