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Hiromi Toshikawa

(1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 45)
Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Known forphotographer and artist
Notable work
Girls Blue, Japanese Beauty, Hiromix

Hiromi Toshikawa (利川 裕美, Toshikawa Hiromi, born 1976), better known as Hiromix (ヒロミックス, Hiromikkusu), is a Japanese photographer and artist.[1]


Born in 1976, Hiromix won the 11th New Cosmos of Photography (写真新世紀, Shashin Shin-seiki) award in March 1995.[2] She was nominated by Nobuyoshi Araki, for a series of photographs called Seventeen Girl Days.[3] Her photographs depicted life from a teenager's perspective.[4] She was also a judge for the Cosmos of Photography contest from 2011 to 2015.

In 1996, Hiromix published her first book Girls Blue.[5] She became known in the West with her book Hiromix, edited by the French photography critic Patrick Remy and published by Steidl in 1998.[6] In 2000, she was awarded the Kimura Ihei Award for her book Hiromix Works. She has published several other photography books that are concerned with identity, community, gender and the everyday.

As a former member of the Japanese band The Clovers, Hiromix also released a music album and continues[when?] to work as DJ. She briefly appeared in a TV commercial for an Yves Saint Laurent fragrance called Jazz.[7] The German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans photographed her in 1997.[8] She also has a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola. She photographed for fashion brand Kenzo's pre-fall collection in 2016.[9]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Start of Spring, Radiance of the Heart, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo (2009)[citation needed]
  • St. Valentin Special | Room of Love, Eye of Gyre, Tokyo (2010)[citation needed]
  • The Wonder of Love and Time, Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo (2015)[citation needed]

Group exhibitions[edit]

[3][better source needed]

  • Superflat Exhibition, Tokyo (1999)[vague]
  • Gazes that Define the Era: 30 Years of the Kimura Ihei Award 1975–2005, Kawasaki City Museum, Tokyo (2005)
  • Shoot (Rizzoli, U.S.), Parco Gallery, Tokyo (2009)
  • A Room in Which To Contemplate Love, No Man's Land, Tokyo (2009)
  • 40 Years of the Kimura Ihei Award, 1975–2015, Kawasaki Museum, Tokyo (2015)
  • Takashi Murakami Collection, Tokyo and other cities (2016)


  • Girl's Blue (1996)
  • Japanese Beauty (1997)
  • Hikari (1997)
  • Hiromix Paris (1998)
  • Hiromix (1998)


  1. ^ Shoji, Kaori (16 January 1999). "Young Women Behind the Camera Craze in Tokyo". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ Canon page.
  3. ^ a b Inc., Canon. "Hiromix 'Seventeen Girl Days' | 1995 Grand Prize winning work | Canon New Cosmos of Photography". Canon Global. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ Bornoff, Nicholas (1999). "Figures in the Landscape." In: Brittain, David (ed.), Creative camera: thirty years of writing, Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 272.
  5. ^ "Real People: Interview – Hiromix: Portrait of the artist as a little". 31 January 1999. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ Remy, Patrick (1998). Hiromix. Göttingen: Steidl.
  7. ^ DrDejvu (8 February 2008). "YSL Jazz Live – 1990's UK Advert". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Tillmans, Wolfgang (2003). If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, London: Tate Publishing, p. 142.
  9. ^ "Kenzo Clothing | Men, Women & Kids collections". www.kenzo.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Ono, Philbert. "Hiromix". Profile at PhotoGuide Japan.
  • Romano, Gianni. "Hiromix". PhotoArts Journal.