Hiroshi Watanabe

Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. After the completion of his art degree, he moved to Los Angeles and spent many years working on TV productions before picking up the camera again in 2000. Since then, he has gone on to numerous exhibitions, awards and published several books along the way. His images are breathtaking, to say the least.

© Hiroshi Watanabe
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain, 2007 (from “Gods, Nations and Histories”)
© Hiroshi Watanabe

© Hiroshi Watanabe
Visitors Booth, Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, North Korea, 2006 (from “Ideology in Paradise”)
© Hiroshi Watanabe

© Hiroshi Watanabe
Chujo, Naito Clan, 2005 (from “Noh Masks of Naito Clan”)
© Hiroshi Watanabe

© Hiroshi Watanabe
Anntoinette (Voodoo Queen), New Orleans, 2004 (from “Portraits of Ourselves)
© Hiroshi Watanabe

From his statement:

I believe there’s a thread that connects all of my work — my personal vision of the world as a whole. I make every effort to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me, a world in flux that, at very least in my mind, deserves preservation.

Visit his website to see more of his portfolio. There’s also a write-up on him here.