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Hiroyo Kaneko July 25, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Japan.
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From the series “Picnics”. Aomori, Japan 2007

Hiroyo Kaneko (b. 1963, Japan) received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in French Literature from Maiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Japan at spaces including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, the Nagasaki City Library and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Hiroyo was also a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2009. She currently resides in San Francisco.

About the Photograph:

“People bask under the cherry blossom trees in the northern part of Japan once a year to gather and enjoy the blooming. The experience imparts a mixture of spiritual uplift and relief.  Flowers blossom and fade within a few days, and then shed their petals. This brief glorious blaze seems to be a reminder of selfless sharing. Since this natural habit is inherited from a distant past, we share these moments over time and space. The sense of sharing suggested by the status of ever-changing is what my photographs try to depict and convey. This series will evolve through the different seasons around the area where I was born. In that part of Japan, people work on apple farms and survive huge snowfalls. I hope to present their humble living through moments of work and leisure, and occasionally, sparks like the blooming of the flowers.”

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