Yoshihiko UedaBorn 1957 in Hyogo, west central Japan. Ueda's first head-on encounter with photography was at Visual Arts College Osaka, where active photographer-instructors Koichi Kuronuma, Junji Dodo, Takashi Nakagawa and Tetsukazu Murakami awakened him to diverse original approaches to image-making. After graduation, he worked as photographer's assistant, first under Masanobu Fukuda in 1980, then with Taiji Arita in 1981, both of whom likewise imparted marked influences. Since going independent in 1982, Ueda has worked in fashion photography, advertising stills and commercial film production, building an impressive portfolio of professional commissions and projects. While interested in all aspects of photography, Ueda is particularly fond of darkroom work and always devotes special attention to developing and printing his own images. As of 2010, he has published 21 collections of photographs and plans to release three new collections in 2011. Among his most noted photobooks are Quinault (1993), a brooding meditation on a sacred Indian forest in the American Northwest; Amagatsu (1994), a backstage document of Sankaijuku dancer-choreographer Ushio Amagatsu; the intimate family album At Home (2006); Yume (2010), timeless images from a Buddhist monastery in Mandalay; Portrait (2003); and Frank Lloyd Wright (2003). In advertising, Ueda has done work for such sponsors as Suntory, Shiseido and Muji, and received numerous awards including the Tokyo Art Directors Club Grand Prix, the New York Art Directors Club Photography Award, the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival Silver Prize for Graphic Design and the Asahi Advertising Award. Since 2008, he has exhibited at Paris Photo and other art fairs, and in 2010 also held solo shows of his Quinault images at the G/P Gallery, Tokyo, the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London and TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. His works are in the collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Hermès International, Paris and the Stichting Art & Theatre, Amsterdam.