mama love

Hideka Tonomura mama ​恋​love(Photographed 2007 / Published 2008)

Hideka Tonomura's mama 恋 love is an intimate portrait of the photographer's mother, split into twodistinct halves. The first part, shot in black and white, shows Tonomura's mother in bed with a lover.Tonomura obscures the lover, which brings the viewer's attention right to her mother's face.Thesephotographs were difficult to take, and although there are elements of pain and complicity here, theseries is intended as a statement of affection. In the second half, shot in color, we see her mothercounting money, which was for a loan that needed to be paid back. Clearly, each part has a certainamount of tension, and the book taken as a whole is an intense exploration of the photographer'simmediate family.

Photography book mama 恋 love was published by AKAAKA-SHA in 2008.

They called me Yukari

Hideka TonomuraThey called me Yukari(Photographed 2007-2009 / Publicized 2012 / Photobook Published 2013)






ShinjukuPatches of blood, bare genitaliaA 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 worked for several years as a hostess in a Shinjuku Bar. This work draws on her life in twoworlds - one inside and the other outside this bar. Inside is a vivid fantasy world where only fake emotions areshown. The fakery is stripped in the outside world, leaving it desolate and barren. Emotion is scarcelyencountered, but when found it is both precious and poignant. Photography book They called me Yukari waspublished by Zen Foto Gallery in 2013.

orange elephant

Hideka Tonomuraorange elephant(Photographed 2012-2015 / Published 2015)







─ 殿村任香

"I have been waiting.For a beautiful tomorrow" -

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


Hideka TonomuraCHEKI (2016~/Published 2018)

Love doesn't go into a coffin.

It only burns into nothing.

If the Earth exists,

Things will remain.

Despair for me.Hopes for you.

---- Hideka Tonomura

die of love

Hideka Tonomura Die of Love(Published 2018)

Her latest work “die of love” is a love story woven by all the happiness, sadness, difficultiesand ridiculousness in life - which can be considered as Tonomura’s own “theatre of love.

Love has no form

If love has a form,

let it be a photograph in the very end

It’s nothing but paper

Just laugh

-Life itself is ridiculous, after all

Ah, a tragicomedy, it is

— Hideka Tonomura, "die of love"

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