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. Actively presenting her work in and out of Japan, her recent publications include “orange elephant” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015), “cheki” (Morel Books, 2018), and “die of love” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2018). Having experienced cancer diagnosis and treatment herself in 2019, Hideka started the “Shining Woman Project”—a portrait project dedicated to women who fight cancer. A publication on the project is scheduled to be released near the end of 2020. Her series “mama love” will be exhibited at Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2022.

Selected Publications

2008 "mama 恋 love" AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc., Japan
2013 "They called me Yukari" Zen Foto Gallery, Japan
2015 "orange elephant" Zen Foto Gallery, Japan
2018 "cheki" Morel Books, UK
2018 "die of love" Zen Foto Gallery, Japan
2020 "SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty" Zen Foto Gallery, Japan
2021 "mama 恋 love" (new edition) Zen Foto Gallery, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2004 “Unlucky Family”, Nikon Salon, Tokyo & Osaka
2005 “Tonomura Hideka Shageki -0305-”, UPLINK, Tokyo
2007 “Viva Hostess’ s Life”, Club Ginko, Tokyo
2011 “mama 恋 love”, trunk gallery81, Seoul, Korea
2013 “They called me Yukari / mama 恋 love”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo
2016 “orange elephant”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo
2016 “orange elephant”, Galería About Art, Pontevedra, Spain
2018 "die of love”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo
2020 "SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty", Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 “THE EXPOSED #3”, G/P Gallery, Tokyo
2009 “THE EXPOSED #4”, CASO, Osaka
    “Editors’ Choice”, Ring Cube Ricoh Gallery, Tokyo
    “8 Photographers Experiment”, AKAAKA, Tokyo
2011 Japan India Global Partnership Summit, The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo
2012 Nofound Photo Fair, Paris
    FOTOFEVER, Paris
2014 FOTOFEVER, Paris
2015 Cork Photo, Ireland
2015 FOTOFEVER, Paris
2016 “Shikijo: eroticism in Japanese photography”, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2017 “i am an ‘object’”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo
2018 “Double Method”, Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London
2020 “Photobook and Print”, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong


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