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Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Patches of blood, bare genitalia

A sliver of darkness that’s not meant to be seen.

They called me Yukari.

“How we make a living? Sell our hearts, piece by piece by piece.”

- Hideka Tonomura

 

Hideka Tonomura'sphotographs show her obstinacy towards her family and are acclaimed for their uniqueness which are very physiologic and at the same time, somewhat comedic.

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 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.

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