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 to participate in "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 took a lot of lives. I think the world is going through a lot of divisiveness right now, and terrorist attacks occur in many places too. It's full of sad stories in the world. Every Project focuses on the portrayal of inside prayers, and the purpose of each project is sending a positive impact to the world. I am currently making 4 projects.
Praying brings our minds tranquility and peace. I want to make a beautiful bridge to connect countries with each other. I cannot rebuild the life of survivors or affected people. 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 the Department of Economics at 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

    Signed a consignment agreement with the Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow.

  • 2014

    Was invited to participate International Festival of Photography "PHOTOVISA" in Krasnodar Russia.

  • 2017

    Was invited to participate "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 by Ouka Published company in Japanease.



  • Solo Exhibitions

  • 1993

    Ienohikarikaikan gallery in Tokyo

  • 1996

    Fuji 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



  • Permanent 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