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Hiroshi Watanabe
(Sapporo, Japan, 1951 - )

1973 Advertising Photographers Association, Japan
1978 Los Angeles Times
1996 Western Art Directors Club
2000 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2000 London Photographic Awards
2001 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2002 Print Center
2002 Center for Photographic Art
2002 Photo Review
2003 International Photography Awards
2003 Photo Review
2003 Advertising Photographers of America, Los Angeles
2004 Black & White Spider Awards
2005 Photo Review
2005 Black & White Spider Awards
2006 Aperture Portfolio Pick
2006 Photography Now
2006 Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award
2007 Photo City Sagamihara Awards
2008 Center Project Competition First Prize
2009 Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial

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Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1951.  After graduating from the Department of Photography at Nihon University, Tokyo, in 1975, he moved to Los Angeles and became involved in television production.  Watanabe eventually opened his own production company and earned a M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to photography.  His work is featured in many collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  He has been a part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Japan.  Books published about his photography include Love Point (2010); Suo Sarumawashi (2009); Ideology in Paradise (2008); and Veiled Observations and Reflections (2002).

This would be the twentieth photograph by Watanabe (and the twentieth photograph from the “San Jose Japantown” series) to enter SJMA’s permanent collection. (SJMA Collections Committee, 2011)

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