Shoji Ueda植田正治

curated by Masako Sato

©Shoji Ueda Office

Dad, Mom and their children, 1949
©Shoji Ueda Office

©Shoji Ueda Office

Shoji Ueda was born in 1913 in Tottori Prefecture, Japan and started his career as a photographer by establishing a studio at his hometown in the 1930s. He cemented his reputation within intricately staged photographs in the Tottori sand dunes before tilting toward surrealism during the 1950s and continuing to garner acclaim with photo books like Children the Year Around, published in 1971. In 1972, when he first traveled to Europe and published Oto no nai kioku (Memories without Sound), marked a turning point in his international reputation. He was subsequently invited to participate in Les Rencontres d’Arles in 1978 and 1987. His works are highly
regarded abroad and he has steadily built a reputation among European collectors and critics in particular. In 1996, he received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Ueda died at 87 in 2000. In 2013, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum held a large retrospective title “100 Years of
Birth! Shoji Ueda.”

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