Man and Woman #24
stock nr:
1054
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Man and Woman #24
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1960 — date printed: 1970s
dimensions:
height 180mm x width 319mm — height 7.09inch x width 12.56inch
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Kamaitachi #1
stock nr:
1813
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #1
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: c1970
dimensions:
height 276mm x width 199mm — height 10.87inch x width 7.83inch
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Kamaitachi #5
stock nr:
1569
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #5
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 387mm x width 575mm — height 15.24inch x width 22.64inch
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Kamaitachi #8
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artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #8
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1965 — date printed: late 60s
dimensions:
height 302mm x width 198mm — height 11.89inch x width 7.80inch
Kamaitachi #14
stock nr:
1572
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #14
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 394mm x width 591mm — height 15.51inch x width 23.27inch
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Kamaitachi #16
stock nr:
1575
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #16
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 191mm x width 289mm — height 7.52inch x width 11.38inch
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Kamaitachi #19
stock nr:
1815
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #19
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1965 — date printed: c1970
dimensions:
height 239mm x width 300mm — height 9.41inch x width 11.81inch
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Kamaitachi #20
stock nr:
1576
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #20
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 575mm x width 387mm — height 22.64inch x width 15.24inch
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Kamaitachi #23
stock nr:
1816
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #23
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1965 — date printed: c1970
dimensions:
height 239mm x width 300mm — height 9.41inch x width 11.81inch
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Kamaitachi #29
stock nr:
1580
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #29
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 289mm x width 194mm — height 11.38inch x width 7.64inch
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Kamaitachi #31
stock nr:
1182
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #31
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: 1980s
dimensions:
height 205mm x width 305mm — height 8.07inch x width 12.01inch
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Kamaitachi #35
stock nr:
1817
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #35
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 60s
dimensions:
height 207mm x width 303mm — height 8.15inch x width 11.93inch
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Kamaitachi #5
stock nr:
1570
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #5
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 194mm x width 292mm — height 7.64inch x width 11.50inch
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Kamaitachi #13
stock nr:
1571
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #13
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 197mm x width 292mm — height 7.76inch x width 11.50inch
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Kamaitachi #14
stock nr:
1573
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #14
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 191mm x width 289mm — height 7.52inch x width 11.38inch
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Kamaitachi #16
stock nr:
1574
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #16
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 394mm x width 591mm — height 15.51inch x width 23.27inch
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Kamaitachi #26
stock nr:
1577
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #26
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 381mm x width 571mm — height 15.00inch x width 22.48inch
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Kamaitachi #28
stock nr:
1578
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #28
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 295mm x width 197mm — height 11.61inch x width 7.76inch
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Kamaitachi #29
stock nr:
1579
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #29
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 594mm x width 390mm — height 23.39inch x width 15.35inch
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Kamaitachi #31
stock nr:
1581
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #31
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 387mm x width 584mm — height 15.24inch x width 22.99inch
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Kamaitachi #32
stock nr:
1582
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #32
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 191mm x width 292mm — height 7.52inch x width 11.50inch
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Kamaitaci #34
stock nr:
1583
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitaci #34
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 591mm x width 394mm — height 23.27inch x width 15.51inch
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Kamaitachi #36
stock nr:
1584
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Kamaitachi #36
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1968 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 206mm x width 295mm — height 8.11inch x width 11.61inch
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Embrace #8
stock nr:
1561
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Embrace #8
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971 — date printed: later
dimensions:
height 124mm x width 83mm — height 4.88inch x width 3.27inch
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Embrace #23
stock nr:
1560
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Embrace #23
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971 — date printed: later
dimensions:
height 240mm x width 172mm — height 9.45inch x width 6.77inch
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Embrace #59
stock nr:
1028
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Embrace #59
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971
dimensions:
height 243mm x width 162mm — height 9.57inch x width 6.38inch
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Embrace #60
stock nr:
1017
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Embrace #60
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1970 — date printed: 1980s
dimensions:
height 365mm x width 540mm — height 14.37inch x width 21.26inch
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Embrace #62
stock nr:
1997
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Embrace #62
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971 — date printed: c1971
dimensions:
height 85mm x width 125mm — height 3.35inch x width 4.92inch
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Untitled, from Simmon
stock nr:
1586
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Untitled, from Simmon
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971 — date printed: late 70s-early 80s
dimensions:
height 256mm x width 267mm — height 10.08inch x width 10.51inch
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Untitled, from the series 'Simmon: A Private Landscape'
stock nr:
1367
artist(s):
EIKOH HOSOE
title:
Untitled, from the series 'Simmon: A Private Landscape'
medium:
gelatin silver print
date created:
1971 — date printed: 1975
dimensions:
height 342mm x width 268mm — height 13.46inch x width 10.55inch
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biography

Born as Hosoe Toshihiro in Yamagata Prefecture in 1933, Hosoe lives and works in Tokyo. As a freelance photographer, a member of the photography agency ‘Vivo’, the photographer of several heralded publications, and a lifelong teacher and inspirator, Hosoe occupies a place at the forefront of twentieth-century Japanese photography. 

A 1954 graduate of the Tokyo College of Photography, Hosoe returned to this school (now the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics) in 1975 as a professor of photography. In addition to this, he has also served as the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Yamanashi Prefecture as of its founding in 1995. 

Hosoe was interested in the dialogue between eastern and western culture, a subject that always played a central role in his work. In 1956 he had his first exhibition in Tokyo, and three years later, he co-founded the ‘Vivo’ group together with Shomei Tomatsu, Kikuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara, Akira Tanno and Akira Sato seeking to promote concepts of modern photography and 'new subjectivity'.

Hosoe’s photography is often linked with his artist acquaintances. The series Bara-kei (Ordeal by Roses) was for example created in 1962 with the famous writer Yukio Mishima as a model, and the series Kamaitachi was created with the founder of the experimental Butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata as the model in 1969. 

Kamaitachi derives from a journey that Hosoe made to the far north of Japan’s main island after returning home from a European trip in 1964. He travelled with Hijikata to the Tohoku region. Both had been born there. As a young boy in the north, Hosoe had heard of the Kamaitachi, a weasel-like demon who purportedly haunted the area’s rice fields and would slash any person he encountered. On their journey they came upon a great plain of rice fields that triggered Hosoe’s memory, and he conceived the idea of shooting Hijikata in a series of tableaux that recreated the Kamaitachi legend. The result was a spontaneous and therefore intensely personal dance drama, a kind of exorcism using the local landscape and people. The Kamaitachi functions as a wild free spirit in a land restricted by tradition. As such, the demon is at once beguiling and dangerous, representing such impulses as earthiness and sexuality.

Another well-known series Otoko to Onna (Man and Woman) from 1961 was the result of the first cooperation between Hosoe and Hijikata. The series ‘records’ an evolving performance by Hijikata’s ensemble, which gradually becomes more abstract as it progresses. 

Hosoe’s series, Embrace (1969-70) can be seen as the successor of Otoko to Onna as it depicts abstract, almost transparent male and female nudes, intended to symbolise the possibility of a dialogue between man and woman.

The series Simmon: A Private Landscape (1971) follows the bizarre and suggestive transvestite character Simmon through a multitude of urban, natural and social settings in Japan, intimately recording his playful antics, introverted loneliness and stigmatization by those who encounter him. ​Simon Yotsuya is the stage name for an artist and Situation Theater actor who eventually came to prominence for his dolls, which have been exhibited around the world. In 1970, Simon Yotsuya -- his name comes from his love of Nina Simone and the Tokyo district he lived in at the time -- collaborated with Eikoh Hosoe on a series of portraits that placed a made-up and effeminate Yotsuya in a variety of Tokyo settings. The series, titled The Prelude of Yotsuya Simon, can be considered an urban follow-up of sorts to Hosoe's portraits of Butoh dance founder Hijikata Tatsumi in the Yamagata countryside that were published as Kamaitachi.

Hosoe has been honoured with many awards, including the “New photographer of the year” award from the Japanese Photo Critics association (1960), the British Royal Photographic Society’s 150th anniversary special medal, for his work as a photographer who has made a lifetime contribution to art, in 2003. He has also been awarded the title of Japanese Person of Cultural Merit in 2010 and many other awards. His work is exhibited frequently all over the world and is part of many public and private collections globally.

selected exhibitions