Hiroshi Hamaya


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(1915–99), Japanese photographer, born in Tokyo. At first he concentrated on the everyday lives of ordinary Japanese. During the war he contributed modern, dramatic photo spreads of Tokyo and its inhabitants to the magazine Front, known for its stylish, upbeat presentation of contemporary Japan. He soon left and moved to the northern Niigata prefecture to photograph traditional life in a harsh environment. Yukiguni (Snow Country) appeared in 1956, followed by Ura-Nihon (The Under-Surface of Japan) in 1957. He joined Magnum in 1960, the first Japanese photographer to do so, but after photographing the US Security Treaty riots that year, he returned to landscapes.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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