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Hosoe, Eikoh was born in Yonezawa (norhern Honshu) in 1933. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1954 and became a freelance phtographer. In 1959, Hosoe was one of the founders of the phtographers' group VIVO, a cooperative agency that shared a darkroom and distributed members' works. His first book was Otoko to Onna - Man and Woman (1961), but it was the following project, with the great japanese writer Yukio Mishima, Barakei - Killed by Roses (1963) (later retitled Ordeal by Roses) that achieved worldwide fame. He formed a close friendship with Butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata, culminating in the work Kamaitachi (1969). Hosoe has been honoured with many awards, including the New Artist award from the Japan Photo Critics Association (1960) and Photographer of the Year from the same association (1963). In 1975, he returned to his alma mater as professor of phtography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and is currently director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art.