About Hideka Tonomura

Artist profile

殿村任香 Hideka Tonomura

Born in 1979, 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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2004 “Unlucky Family”, Nikon Salon, Tokyo & Osaka 

2005 “Tonomura Hideka Shageki -0305-”, UPLINK, Tokyo 

2007 “Viva Hostess’ s Life”, Club Ginko, Tokyo 

2011   “mama 恋 love”, trunk gallery81, Seoul, Korea 

2013  “They called me Yukari / mama 恋 love”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo

2016  “orange elephant”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo 

2016  “orange elephant”, Galería About Art, Pontevedra, Spain 

2018  ”dei ofl ove”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo  
2020    "SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty",Zen Foto Gallery,Tokyo

2021     "Paint Cheki", Place M, Tokyo
2021     "SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty", Okayama Gender Equality Promotion Center, Okayama

2022    "Love", Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions  
2008 “THE EXPOSED #3”, G/P Gallery, Tokyo 

2009 “THE EXPOSED #4”, CASO, Osaka    

             “Editors’ Choice”, Ring Cube Ricoh Gallery, Tokyo    

             “8 Photographers Experiment”, AKAAKA, Tokyo 

2011   "Japan India Global Partnership Summit", The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo

2012  "Nofound Photo Fair", Paris 

2013   "TOKYO PHOTO',Tokyo

              "FOTOFEVER", Paris 

              "FOTOFEVER", Paris 

2015   "Cork Photo", Ireland    

              "FOTOFEVER", Paris 

2016  “Shikijo: eroticism in Japanese photography”, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong 

2017  “i am an ‘object’”, Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo 

2018     “Double Method”, Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London 

2020    "PHOTOBOOK AND PRINT EXHIBITION",La Galerie-Paris 1839,Hong Kong 

2021     "Women are fashioning", Jimei×Arles International Photo Festival,

              Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen, China

2022    “10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers”, KYOTOGRAPHIE, Kyoto
2022    "Love Songs", Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris




mama ​恋​ love ​(AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc., 2008) 

They called me Yukari ​(Zen Foto Gallery, 2013) 

orange elephant​ (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015)

cheki​ (Morel Books, 2018)  

die of love (Zen Foto Gallery,2018)

SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty (Zen Foto Gallery,2020)

mama 恋 love New Edition (Zen Foto Gallery,2021)


     Hideka Tonomura 

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