My photographs reflect both genuine interest in my subject as well as a respect for the element of serendipity. I strive for both calculation and discovery in my work, studying my subjects in preparation, while at the same time keeping my mind open for the surprises.
The pure enjoyment of this process drives and inspires me. Mostly, I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest, while other times I seek pure beauty. I wish for my images to distill scenes ranging from the ephemeral to the eternal, from the esoteric to the symbolic.
A current that underlies my work is the concept of preservation. 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, and that I constantly seek to expand.
1971 - 1975 Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University, BA
1995 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Studied with Jerry Uelsmann
1996 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Studied with John Sexton
1975 Moved to Los Angeles.
1982 Established a production company.
2000 Closed down the production company, and became a full-time
2003 Photo Review, Philadelphia
2003 International Photography Awards, Los Angeles
2002 Photo Review, Philadelphia
2002 Print Center 76th Annual International Competition, Philadelphia
2002 Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA
2001 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2000 London Photographic Awards, London
2000 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
1995 Western Art Directors Club, San Francisco
1978 Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
1973 Advertising Photographers' Association, Tokyo
2004 Portraits: Kabuki, White Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Watermark Fine Art Photographs, Houston, TX
2003 The Photography Room, Grand Rapids, MI
2003 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 Veiled Observations and Reflections, White Room Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA
2004 Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA
2003 Inspirations and Interpretations, White Room Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA
2003 Delicate Objects, The Photography Room, Grand Rapids. MI
2002 2002 Center Awards Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2002 The Print Center, Philadelphia
2002 Quiet Observations, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002 A Bird Show, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Grand Opening Exhibition, The Photography Room,
Grand Rapids, MI
2001 America the Beautiful, Edward Carter Gallery, New York
1997 Rear View, California State University, Northridge
1977 3-man Show, Soho Photo Gallery, Los Angeles
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
FACES Vol. 1 San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2003
FACES Vol. 2 Kabuki Players. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2003
B&W October issue. Black and White Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002
VEILED OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS. Hiroshi Watanabe. Hiroshi Watanabe, West Hollywood, CA, 2002
London Photographic Awards 4. Kevin O'Connor, London, UK, 2000
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