Eikoh Hosoe （b. 1933）
Eikoh Hosoe was born in Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture in 1933 and raised in Tokyo. In 1951, he was awarded the grand prize in the student division of the Fuji Photo Contest for Poddie-chan. In 1954, Hosoe became a freelance photographer after graduating from the department of photography at Tokyo Junior College of Photography (currently, Tokyo Polytechnic University). In 1959, he joined with Shomei Tomatsu, Ikko Narahara, and Kikuji Kawada, among others, to start VIVO, an independent agency by photographers for photographers. While he has organized many exhibitions in Japan and overseas, Hosoe has also taught photography at university and at workshops. He has worked tirelessly to train new generations of photographers and to develop the world of photography by building public collections. In 2003, Hosoe was awarded the Special 150th Anniversary Medal by the Royal Photographic Society in Britain. In 2010, he was designated a Person of Cultural Merit by the Ministry of Education in Japan. In 2017, Hosoe was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. Eikoh Hosoe is currently professor emeritus at Tokyo Polytechnic University. Since 1995, he has also served as the first director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.