Hiroshi Harada

Hiroshi Harada ⁄ 原田浩司


I was born in 1961. Japan was at the top of the highest economic boom at that time. For desiring for spiritual wealth, I was engrossed in photography from shooting to develop. Around the same time, personal computers started to appear in the world. I did programming video and musical recordings on PC. I think I am a person who gets devoted to creative activities.
Afterwards, I started my career as an IT technical expert and stopped taking pictures. Since digital camera got widely used among people, I thought it opened the door to expand the possibilities of expressions. I started taking pictures again. I have enjoyed taking pictures a lot and became a member of SAMURAI FOTO. I participated in Photo Review in Arles, France in 2014. I had a chance to show my photographs in SAMURAI FOTO’s photo exhibition in Yamagata and Yokohama. My photographs were caught a magazine editor’s eye and introduced in the magazine “Nihon Camera” or Japan camera.
Through a sight of Japan, I aim to make an impressive artwork which can make the world happy.

その後、IT技術者の職を得たが、デジタルカメラの登場で表現の可能性が広がったと感じ、休止していた写真撮影に励むようになりSAMURAI FOTOに所属。2014年、フランス・アルルのフォトレビューに参加。SAMURAI FOTOの山形や横浜での展示会で作品を発表。2017年の展示会では『日本カメラ』誌の編集者の目に留まり同雑誌で紹介される。


“ZIPANG” was the photography project that I got a review in Arles, and I tried to express Japanese spirituality widely. Now, I have started new project, “RICE”. As the word “Rice” is one of the keywords of the former project, I focus on rice cropping in Japan.
People have produced rice for over 2600 years. It was in 1960s when rice permeated throughout the whole nation. Civil conflicts and war occurred back then. But people have worked on how to co-exist with nature. After the revolution of social system, people finally got this modern achievement, “Rice”.
In Japanese planting rice, people don’t cast rice seed but orderly plant rice seedling very carefully. I see Japanese ancestors’ wishes that all people should live without starvation.
In my artworks, I used Hosokawa Washi paper which is certified as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and is made in the area where I brought up. Because the paper with a long history is perfect for my artworks to express Japanese spirituality and identity of rice cropping.


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