Born in Ishinomaki in 1939, Shōkō Hashimoto studied photography at Nihon University in Tokyo, along with Takuma Nakahira and Kazuo Kitai. In the early seventies, he began a series of photographs on the goze, blind female musicians who traversed the country, winter and summer, in order to subsist. For the ensuing book, published in 1974, he was awarded the Young Photographer’s Prize of the Japanese Association of Photography. The goze photographs were also shown in a 1974 exhibition at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art. At about the same time, Hashimoto recorded the daily life at Nishiyama Onsen, a rural hot spring. This work, which appeared originally in Asahi Camera, is the topic of a recently published book. In addition to these two projects, Shōkō Hashimoto has produced many portraits of poets, made a series of photographs on the river Kitakami, and another on the region ravaged by the great 2011 earthquake in eastern Japan. He was twice nominated for the Ihei Kimura Prize.
Solo exhibitions at Mind’s Eye / Galerie Adrian Bondy
Group exhibitions at Mind’s Eye / Galerie Adrian Bondy