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HOSOE, Eikoh


Born 1933, Yonezawa, Japan. Lives and works in Saitama, Japan.


Eikoh Hosoe, a tutelary figure in japanese photography, turned away from photo- graphic realism to produce a theatrical oeuvre inspired by the Butoh dance form created in the 1960s by Tatsumi Hijikata. Conceived in 1971, Simmon: A Private Landscape was published for the first time in 2011. in a performance-like narration, Hosoe turns choreographer and stages the wanderings of Simmon, a male theatre performer dressed as a woman who dances through city and countryside. The physical metamorphosis of the actor becomes the metaphor of a changing Tokyo landscape in which Simmon recreates his own inner story. Eikoh Hosoe’s masterfully poetic work was presented in 1974, in New york, as part of MoMA’s his- toric New Japanese Photography exhibition.




Another Language,EIGHT JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS – The Rencontres d’Arles 2015


Portrait: courtesy of the artist.