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Hiroshi Watanabe: Trust, Access, Style
Saturday August 25th, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
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Japanese-born photographer Hiroshi Watanabe has several impressive and varied photography projects to his credit. Since graduating from the Department of Photography, College of Art, Nihon University in 1975, he has published eleven books and completed
over twenty major projects, all of which show a common style with a strong emphasis on portraiture. His work has been published around the world and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan.
Hiroshi's lecture will cover his unique approach to portraiture and insights about building trust and a relationship with his subjects. He will also share how he gains access
to such varied subjects, including the Kabuki players, the Suo Sarumawashi (Highly trained Japanese Monkey Dancers) and the patients at San Lazaro Psychiatric Hospital,
among many others. Creative images from his immense body of work will be presented throughout his talk.
Following his graduation from Nihon University, Watanabe moved to Los Angeles 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. 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 his production company in order to
devote himself entirely to the art and became a full time photographer. Watanabe is currently working with the San Jose Museum of Art to document artifacts from Japanese
internment camps as they are being uncovered in the field.
Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and spellbinding experience.
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