Edition of 30, unique Cheki for each. Please inquiry for further details.

This special edition of Hideka Tonomura’s “Die of Love” adds a limited print & signature to the photobook, which comes enclosed in a transparent vinyl bag which the artist sealed with red thread and needle.

Following earlier photobooks (“They Called Me Yukari”, “Mama Love”) in which Hideka Tonomura processed the seedier sides of life, her new work “die of Love” can be considered as her own “theatre of love” - a love story woven by happiness, sadness, difficulties and ridiculousness. Printed in thick, rich colors on fine, almost vulnerably thin paper, Tonomura’s images build towards an impression of the wavering between hope and despair in life.

“Love has no form
If love has a form,
let it be a photograph in the very end
It’s nothing but paper
Just laugh -
Life itself is ridiculous, after all

Ah, a tragicomedy, it is”

— Hideka Tonomura, "die of love"

Photobook
Book Size
182 × 257 mm
Pages
116 pages, 86 images,
Binding
Softcover with 1 Polaroid
Publication Date
2018
Language
English, Japanese
Limited Edition
30
cheki
Size
85 × 108 mm
instant film, unique piece

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 duo-exhibition titled “Double Method” in Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery in 2018. Her series “mama love” will be exhibited at Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Spring 2022. She will also be participating in Kyotographie’s programme “10/10 Celebrating Japanese Women Photographers” in April 2022.

Gallery Exhibitions