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Hiroshi Watanabe

Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University in 1975. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and became involved in the production of TV commercials, eventually working as a producer. He later established his own production company and produced numerous commercials. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993. In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide extensively, photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to the art and became a full time photographer.
His work has been published around the world, and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan. His work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently from Photo Review, the Black & White Spider Awards and the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award.
In addition to several self-published volumes, Hiroshi Watanabe has just had a collection of photographs published by Mado-sha, Tokyo. His newest book, I See Angels Every Day, contains 80 black and white photographs of the San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital and the surrounding town of Quito, Ecuador.
[Courtesy of Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books, September 2007]
Anthology - Artist statement
I go to places that captivate and intrigue me. I am interested in what humans do. I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest. I immerse myself with information on the places prior to leaving, but I try to avoid firm, preconceived ideas. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, keeping my mind open for surprises. At times, I envision images I‘d like to capture, but when I actually look through the viewfinder, my mind goes blank and I photograph whatever catches my eye. Photographs I return with are usually different from my original concepts. My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity, while other times I seek pure beauty. The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. 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.
[Courtesy of Watermark Fine Art Photographs & Books, September 2007] 



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