"I have been waiting.

For a beautiful tomorrow"

-Hideka Tonomura, orange elephant

Published by Zen Foto Gallery in 2015, orange elephant marks the most recent publication by the Tokyo based photographer since her debut photobook Haha Love (2008) and the subsequent They called me Yukari (2013). Within Tonomura's images portray the intimacies found within love, delicately expressing the fragilities of individual emotions and occurrences. Here love, and the many binaries of illusions and disillusions, happiness and depression and lastly hope are all expressed revealing the very intimacies and multiplicities which define life and its experiences within Tonomura's orange elephant.

Artist Profile


Born in 1979, in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Hideka Tonomura graduated from the Broadcasting and Filmmaking Department of Osaka Visual Arts School and began photographing in 2002. In 2008, she published her first photobook “mama love” with Akaaka Art Publishing, revealing her deepest pain and the dark, hidden secrets of her family, leaving an unforgettable impression on everyone. She published “They called me Yukari” with Zen Foto Gallery in 2013, in which she has documented the life and people around her when she was working as a hostess in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Now actively presenting her work in and out of Japan, her recent publications include “orange elephant” (Zen Foto Gallery) in 2015 and “cheki” (Morel Books) in 2018.

Gallery Exhibitions