Masako Tomiya started photography during her high school years, and then studied in Osaka and Tokyo in the 2000s. From that time she began taking pictures of the Tsugaru area where she was born.
Tomiya wonders what is the most important thing in this era of continuous change. To transmit this question to the next generation, she will be based in Japan and will continue to express herself by taking pictures.
Masako Tomiya was born in Japan in 1981.
She started photography during her high school years, and went on to the Department of Photography in Osaka University of Arts in 1999, and then to Tokyo College of Photography in 2003. From this time around she started taking pictures of Tsugaru region (where she was born) which would eventually lead her to edit the photography book “Tsugaru”.
She held 2 exhibitions in ZEIT-FOTO-SALON in 2010 and 2012. Tomiya is the youngest of the present members belonging in the gallery.
She has also established her own publishing label “HAKKODA” and brought out her very first photobook “Tsugaru” in 2013.
Tomiya asks herself what the most important thing is in this era of continuous change. To pass on this question to the future generation, she will be based in japan and continue to express herself by taking photographs.
Publisher's presentation: "Masako Tomiya is a photographer originally from the region of Aomori, north Japan. She has lived in Tokyo for years, and one day, she received news that her sister and sister-in-law, who live near her hometown, were both pregnant. This news inspired Tomiya’s series Kito, a reflection on identity, family, transmission and the...
.Last copy.Artist presentation of the project: "As I held the camera with both hands, the «unique calmness» which exists in the Tsugaru region was gently pushing my back. Eleven years have passed since I started taking pictures for this series.(...)The moment I get focused on a subject, I feel like my body has disappeared. It is as if I myself have turned...