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Harvest #20

2010; printed 2012
Hiroyo Kaneko, (Japanese, born 1963) Printed by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia Published by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hiroyo Kaneko is a freelance photographer currently based in San Francisco. She was born in Aomori in northern Japan and lived there until she was ten years old. In 1987, Kaneko graduated from Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo with a BA in French literature and eventually moved to California, where she received her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. She exhibits extensively, primarily in California and throughout Japan.

Her subject matter is unmistakably Japan. For a few months each year, Kaneko revisits the place where she spent her early childhood in the remote, rural region of Tohoko. In this photograph she positions herself as the objective onlooker with an artistic view depicting the rough countryside. She uses a soft light that lends a seductive sensibility to the picture, further showing her love of nature and her homeland.

Kaneko’s photographs are in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. In 2009, she was awarded the Santa Fe Prize for Photography.
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