Horoji Kubota is a Japanese photographer who lived in the United States but eventually went back to his homeland to revisit his roots. Learn more about him and see his work after the break.
Hiroji Kubota is a well-known Japanese photographer. In 1961, some members of the Magnum photography agency went to Japan where they met Kubota. He studied politics in a Japanese University and then moved to the United States in 1962 to study journalism and international politics. While living in Chicago, he got a job at a catering business in order to support himself and his love for photography. Hiroji Kubota was fortunate enough to become an assistant to American photographer Cornell Capa, the brother of the famous war photographer Robert Capa.
In 1968, Hiroji Kubota went back to Japan and there, his talent blossomed further. By 1970, he became a Magnum associate. After living in the United States for several years, Kubota went back to his roots and focused on photographic scenic places and the people of Asia. This is the reason why he is known as a Far East photographer. From 1979 to 1984, he travelled throughout China where he reportedly took over 200,000 photos.
Hiroji Kubota has received numerous awards for his marvellous works including the Mainichi Art Prize, the Nendo Sho from the Photographic Society of Japan and the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award.
Here are a few of his works from the 1970’s to the 1980’s:
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