"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

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 group exhibition in Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery in 2018. Her work is currently presented in the exhibition “Love Songs” at Maison Européenne de la Photographie and in the programme “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers” at Kyotographie this year.

Gallery Exhibitions