Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Hiromi Tsuchida

Hiromi Tsuchida (b. 1939) is a photographer born in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, and educated at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Fukui. In 1976, he published his first book of photographs ZOKUSHIN (Gods of the Earth), an examination of the ethnic qualities of the Japanese as a people, which has been highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad. This series followed his path as a man raised in Fukui
and likely to gradually put down roots in the city, reaffirming his identity in spite of the erasures of urbanization. Tsuchida followed that series with Counting Grains of Sand 1976-1989 (1990), in which he reversed his point of view. Focusing on the group-oriented aspect of Japanese culture, he photographed people adjusting to life in overcrowded cities. In his “Hiroshima” series (HIROSHIMA Trilogy), for which he won the Ina Nobuo Award, he included the landscape at ground zero (Hiroshima Monument), which still bears the scars of the bombing; portraits, 33 years later, of those who lived through the bombing and contributed essays to Genbaku no ko (Children of the atom bomb, Nagata Shin, ed., Iwanami Shoten) (Hiroshima 1945-1979); and photographs of items that had belonged to the victims and were donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima Collection). Those works have been highly praised for raising the question of attitudes to the war, whose lessons may be apt to fade in contemporary society. Tsuchida has also turned his long term fixed-point observations overseas, documenting Berlin from 1999 to 2019, and Jerusalem from 2006. He continues to work on FUKUSHIMA, an ongoing record of radiation exposure from the nuclear power plant accident that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Aging is a series of self-portraits taken every day for 36 years, from 1986 to the present, challenging grand themes such as the passage of time and memento mori. He currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

a picture of a watch
Hiromi Tsuchida, 懐中時計 Watch, from the series Hiroshima Collection, 1982/2002, inkjet print on paper, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist