Edition of 30 (2 different images available; each image limited to an edition of 15)
Digital print on baryta paper (signed by the artist)
Paper/Image Size: 130 x 180 mm/91 × 141 mm

This new special edition of “mama 恋 love” marks the first republication of Hideka Tonomura’s sensational debut photobook since its initial release in 2008.

Tonomura’s subject is her own mother: her infidelity and her affair. In the first, monochrome part of the book, Tonomura’s photographs show her mother in bed with a lover. The lover is obscured, completely blacked-out, which turns all attention to Tonomura’s mother – her face, her contortions, her gestures, her pleasure – while turning the lover into a menacing, almost un-human like creature. The second half, in color, was shot on 8mm then re-shot in telecine; the result is a warm, almost sentimental look whose contrast to the first half could hardly be any starker.
Tonomura’s intense, intimate visual exploration of her immediate family and her own feelings may not be easy to look at, but it is an unforgettable experience.

“Our lives were being controlled.
My mother never had any freedom.

Her first protest against my father was the love affair.

I had no choice but to take photos
when I found out that she was cheating.

I wanted to shoot it, whatever the cost.
I wanted to witness it.
That was all I felt at that time.

I was surprised when I saw how the photos came out.
My mother was looking at the camera.”
— from Hideka Tonomura’s statement (included in Japanese and English translation)

This special edition is available in two different versions, each featuring a different photographic print.

-Book Size
180 × 260 mm
-Pages
108 pages, 56 images
-Binding
Hardcover
-Publication Year
2021
-Language
English, Japanese
-Limited Edition
30

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. 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.