HIRASHIMA Akihiko
(1946-)

 

Born in Tateyama City, Chiba in 1946. In 1965, entered Waseda University's School of Political Science and Economics and joined the photography club.
1969 Joined Mainichi Shimbun, and was assigned to the Western Head Office Photography Division. In 1974, moved to the Tokyo Headquarters Publishing Photography Department and was in charge of photo coverage for weekly magazines such as “Mainichi Graph”, “Sunday Mainichi”, and “Economist”.
Co-authored "A Map of Tokyo 1945" (text by NISHII Kazuo, photo by HIRASHIMA Akihiko, 1986, Chikuma Shobo), and in 1987, published "A Map of Tokyo 1945 Continued". In 1988, held "Akihiko Hirashima Photo Exhibition - Tatazumu Machi" at the Setagaya Museum of Art, with photographs included in two books mentioned. (Works were added to the museum’s collection and later exhibited at "Unacera di Tokyo" exhibition (2005) and "TokyoScape into the City" exhibition (2018)). Moved to the visual editing room in 1999. Co-authored “City Resume: Walking in Kanda” (text by MORI Mayumi, photo by HIRASHIMA Akihiko, 2003, Mainichi Shimbun).

 

He is also the editor of the book "Tsuneichi Miyamoto Photographs and Diaries" (MIYAMOTO Tsuneichi, Volume 1, 2 and extra, 2005). For this book, awarded "The 17th Photo Award" (2005).
Also edited, "Palace Side Building Story" (Mainichi Building, 2006), "Complete Record of the Great Journey" (Volume 1, 2, SEKINO Yoshiharu, 2006), "1960s Tokyo Memories of the City of Water Where Streetcars Run" (IKEDA Shin, 2008), "Showa Scenes taken by Tsuneichi Miyamoto" (MIYAMOTO Tsuneichi, Volume 1, 2, 2009). Left Mainichi Shimbun in 2009. Following books were edited after his retirement: "Miyamoto Tsuneichi Diary - Seishun Hen" (TAMURA Zenjiro Part, 2012) and "Kineo Kuwahara Photographs - Private Showa History" (Volume 1, 2, 2013). In 2011, he established “Town Walker Club” with his friends from Waseda University photography club, and continues to take pictures everywhere in Tokyo once a month. As of June 2020, they have met 100 times.

 

Essays
IIZAWA Kotaro Photographers of Japan Vol.10
"The city observer’s gaze Akihiko HIRASHIMA (1946~)"

Hirashima Akihiko Portfolio
“TOKYO LABYRINTH”




Set of 15 priginal prints
Each print edition numbered and signed by the photographer

Photographer:HIRASHIMA Akihiko
Supervisor:OTAKE Akiko
Photographed:1985/9 - 1986/2
Printed:2020
Printed by:GINYUDO ·
HIDAI Kazuyoshi
Medium:Gelatin silver print
Sheet:Baryta paper
Sheet size:25.4×30.2cm
Edition:10
Release date:2020/10/30
Publisher:Watanuki Ltd. |
Toki-no-Wasuremono

※Click on photos to enlarge


"Takadanobaba 1-chome (Suwacho)   Boarding house with meals Nihonkan"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Sakuragaokacho Marunishi Apartments"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Toyo 1-chome (Susaki Bentencho 2-chome)   Where the Susaki red light district used to be"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed



"Kaminarimon 1-chome (Asakusa 1-chome)   Chinya Yokocho"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Eitai    Harbor at Oshimagawa Nishishigawa"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Shinjuku 3-chome (Tsunohazu 1-chome)   Restaurants at Gotaiten Square"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed



"Higashi Jujo 1-chome   Galvanized iron house"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Utagawacho   Cocktail Bar Mon"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Naitocho   Houses along the Shibuya River"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed



"Akashicho   Shore of the Tsukiji River"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Honcho (Itabashi 10-chome)   Line of houses with plank walls"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Mukojima 5-chome (Mukojima Susakicho)   Restaurant that escaped the firebombing"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed



"Haracho   Garden under the eaves"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Daikanyamacho   Dojunkai Apartments"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed


"Kudan Minami 1-chome (Kudan 1-chome)   Official residence known as the ghost apartment"

1985.9-1986.2
(Printed in 2020)
Gelatin silver print
Sheet size: 25.4x30.2cm
Ed.10
Signed

 

Exhibitions
2020
Hirashima Akihiko — Tokyo Labyrinth Nov. 6 [Fri.] ― Nov. 28 [Sat.] 2020


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