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Yoshitomo Tanaka Photo Exhibition SUPER OLD

Wanting to photograph Japanese people who were teeming with life, I met with over 100 veteran specialists from diverse fields. They averaged over 90 years in age and captivated me with their presence, so, from the pictures I took, I assembled works that captured their “hands” into this exhibition and timed it to coincide with Respect for the Aged Day.

Having survived the tragedy of war, the chaos in its aftermath, Nature’s wrath and the trials of life, today, wrinkled by time, they are passionate, positive and forward-looking. I hope you see just how “awesome” the Super Old are as I found them to be.

Yoshitomo Tanaka Profile

1965
Born in Fukuoka.
1987
Apprenticed under photographer Bishin Jumonji.
1994
Went freelance and established Ryo Tanaka Photography Studio.
2000
Established Vivot Co., Ltd.

Currently operates as a commercial photographer producing images for advertisements, magazines and other media around a core of portrait photography. Also takes many photos of contemporary art and Japanese artisans, fishermen and business executives.

〈Publications〉

2002
“Breath of Myanmar” photo collection
2015-2018
“Spirit and Spine” 6 volume series on DVD

〈Exhibitions〉

1996
“Skyless Streets” solo exhibition, Photo Gallery Verita
1996-1997
“Shinjuku Street Project” street photo exhibition
1997
“9th Photojournalism Festival”, France
2006
“Alive” VQ exhibition, VQ Studio
2017
“Koho Platanus Exhibition”, Tokyo American Club
Sep. 2019
“The Super Old” (Portraits), Ichibeicho Gallery