Hanna, Hands and Feet, 1998 For a culture traditionally reluctant to express emotion in public, Ueda delights us with an intimate scene. The baby in the image is one of Ueda's children. Ueda's mastery of printing techniques brings out the tactile qualities of the flesh and evokes strong family ties. Hanna, Hands and Feet first appeared in Photographs (Editions Treville, 2003).
Ueda, Yoshihiko was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1957. He studied photography at Osaka Visual Arts College as well as under Taiji Arita in Tokyo. In 1982, Ueda made a sensational debut with his fashion photographs. Since then, he has produced series on various subjects such as forests, flowers, and dancers, including butoh dancers. Ueda's works have been shown in several exhibitions, including Portraits in Fashion, Atlanta (1985); La Photographie Publicitaire Japonaise at the Grande Arche de la De-Lfense, Paris (1990); and Le Mois de la Photo a` Montre-Lal (1995). His solo exhibition was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2003. In 1987, 1989, and 1996 he received the New York ADC Award and in 1993 the Cannes Graphic Award. His published work includes: Quinault (1983), 3 Women, Contemporary Nudes(1994), Amagatsu (1995), Flowers (1997), Frank Lloyd Wright(2003), Photographs (2003), Portrait (2003), Standing Full Nude (2006), Forever Rouge (2007), at Home (2008), Bone and Stonewares (2008), Quinault (2010), Yume/Myanmar(2010), Chamber of Curiosities (2011), Kazan No Shima(2011), Shizumaru (2011), Materia (2012), Jomonese (2012), and Bird and Bones (2012).