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Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Patches of blood, bare genitalia

A sliver of darkness that’s not meant to be seen.

They called me Yukari.

“How we make a living? Sell our hearts, piece by piece by piece.”

- Hideka Tonomura

 

Hideka Tonomura'sphotographs show her obstinacy towards her family and are acclaimed for their uniqueness which are very physiologic and at the same time, somewhat comedic.

Artist Profile

Hideka TONOMURA

Born in 1979, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Hideka Tonomura graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Osaka Visual Arts School and began photography in 2002. She published her first photobook “mama love” in 2008 with Akaaka Art Publishing, revealing her deepest pain and the dark, hidden secrets of her family, leaving an unforgettable impression. In 2013 she published “They called me Yukari” with Zen Foto Gallery, in which she documented the life and people around her when she was working as a hostess in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Her publications include “orange elephant” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015), “cheki” (Morel Books, 2018), “die of love” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2018), “SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2020) and “mama 恋 love” [New Edition] (Zen Foto Gallery, 2021). Actively presenting her work in and out of Japan, she participated in a group exhibition titled “Shikijo: Eroticism in Japanese Photography” in Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong in 2016 and a group exhibition in Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery in 2018. Her work is currently presented in the exhibition “Love Songs” at Maison Européenne de la Photographie and in the programme “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers” at Kyotographie this year.

Gallery Exhibitions