Profile

He had been pursuing a career as a commercial and magazine photographer in Japan for about 20 years. In 2011, a huge earthquake along with a massive tsunami disaster hit Northern Japan. He visited the affected areas and came across a lot of affected local area residents praying. From this inspiring scene, he decided to create these photography projects in order to send a peaceful message to the world. Prayer gives us peace and calm and hope for living to many people. He has been continuing his effort to make a positive impact in our world through his photography ever since.
He has been trying to build a meaningful bridge with different countries and carries on today around the world.
In 2013, he became a featured fine art photographer at Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow. In 2014, he was invited "International Photo Festival 'PHOTOVISA' in Krasnodar, Russia. In 2017.he was invited "International Photo Festival ‘ PHOTO FEST’ in Astana, Kazakhstan"

Personal Statement

Through my visits to the disaster-stricken areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, I witnessed many people praying towards the sea, which deprived a lot of lives. And I think The world is going throug a lot of divisiveness rignt now, terrorist attacks occur in many places,too. There is a full of sad stories in the world. Every Project focus on the portray inside prayer, and the purpose of project is sending positive impact on the world. I am making 4 projects.
Praying brings our minds tranquility and peace. I want to make a beautiful bridge to countries and each other. I cannot rebuild the life of survivors or affected peoples. But I can cast a small stone into the waters and create many ripples. My stone is this project. I am trying to express the hidden energy of prayer in my photographs.

This led to my encounter with photography.

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  • 1958

    Born in Tokyo Japan

  • 1980

    Graduated from Department of Economics at the NIHON university. Afterwards, worked as an assistant at a commercial studio

  • 1988

    Became a commercial, freelance photographer
    I began taking pictures for my "Big tree in the world" series. I traveled all over the world to photograph the biggest trees on the earth. The main places I covered were Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, UK and Tasmania.

  • 2011

    After the big tsunami disaster, I had started my new project.

  • 2013

    He signed a consignment agreement with the Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow.

  • 2014

    He was invited International Festival of Photography "PHOTOVISA" in Krasnodar Russia.

  • 2017

    He was invited "International Photo Festival "PHOTO FEST" in Astana Kazakhstan"



  • Publish Works

  • 2002

    "The earth inheritance, the last big trees in the world". The series was published by Kodansha in Japan.

  • 2005

    "The earth inheritance, the big BAOBAB trees". It was published by Kodansha in Japan.

  • 2012

    "The Venerable Trees in Japan". It published it from Kodansha in Japan.

  • 2014

    “BORDER”. It published it from Ouka Published company in Japanease.



  • Solo Exhibitions

  • 1993

    Ienohikarikaikan gallery in Tokyo.

  • 1996

    Fiji Photo salon in Tokyo

  • 2009

    CANTELMO gallery in New York, USA

  • 2010

    Gallery Cosmos in Tokyo

  • July 21th〜Sep 21th 2014

    Lumiere Brothers center for Photography, Moscow, Russia.

  • Oct 3th〜23th 2014

    "Epsite" EPSON imaging Gallery in Tokyo

  • Nov 2014

    International Festival of Photography"PHOTOVISA"in Krasnodar Russia



  • Awards

  • 1995

    New York festival international Bronze award

  • 1996

    Minister of International Trade and Industry award. Featured in national exhibition calendar in Japan



  • Parmanent Collection

  • 2017

    the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego (California, United States)

Contact

Please Contact us for inquiries and to view the prints.

Shigeru Yoshida

Urbis inc.
255-13 Toriyama-chou Kouhoku-ku Yokohama-city, Kanagawa-PRF, Japan
Tel: +81 45 474 3917
Mobile: +81 90 8874 6824

bigtree.photo@gmail.com