Shunji Dodo

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Shunji Dodo (百々 俊二, Dodo Shunji?) is a Japanese photographer of the Kii Peninsula, Osaka, and other subjects.

Life and career[edit]

Dodo was born in Osaka in 1947.[1] He graduated in fine arts from Kyushu Sangyo University in 1970,[1] and started teaching at Tōkyō Shashin Senmon Gakkō (now Visual Arts College Tokyo).[2] Two years later he started work as a teacher of photography at Ōsaka Shashin Senmon Gakkō; in 1998 he was made head of the school, by that time renamed Visual Arts College Osaka.[1]

Dodo was present when the film director Naomi Kawase, who had first been a student of his[3][4] and was later teaching at Visual Arts Senmon Gakkō, had her first baby on 24 April 2004, in Nara. This was filmed as Tarachime (垂乳女) and Dodo photographed the event; the photographs were exhibited in Nara, Tokyo, and Locarno,[1] and published as Haha (花母).

Dodo's book of large-format black-and-white photographs A Radiant Land: Kii Peninsula won the PSJ's Annual Award for 1995; his later collection of large-format colour photographs of the peninsula, A Radiant Land with Thousands of Years, was exhibited in Nara City Museum of Photography in 2000.[1] The latter work also won him the Ina Nobuo Award in 1999.[5]

Dodo has said that his major influences were Shōmei Tōmatsu, especially his Ryūkyū series "Pencil of the Sun", and Yutaka Takanashi, for the way in which Takanashi's concentration on Tokyo showed Dodo his own possibilities in Osaka.[6] Among the photographers he admires are Robert Frank and William Klein.[6]


Exhibitions by Dodo[edit]

"Osaka" exhibition in the Osaka Nikon Salon, December 2011
  • 1978 "Ōsaka, Tennōji". Nikon Salon (Ginza, Osaka).[2][8]
  • 1985 "Shinsekai: Mukashi mo ima mo". Nikon Salon (Ginza, Osaka).[2][8]
  • 1992 "Shujō yūraku, Bankoku". Nikon Salon (Ginza, Osaka).[2][8]
  • 1995–96 "Rakudo Kii hantō". Konica Plaza (Shinjuku, Osaka, Sapporo).[2][8]
  • 1999 "Sennen rakudo". Nikon Salon (Ginza, Osaka).[2][8]
  • 2000 "Sennen rakudo Kii hantō". Nara City Museum of Photography.[2][8]
  • 2002 ".com New York". Nikon Salon (Shinjuku).[2][8]
  • 2004 "Sharasōju". Visual Arts Gallery.[2][8]
  • 2006 "Haha". Gallery Out of Place (Nara).[2][8]
  • 2007 "Ha ha". Galerie Focale (Nyon).[9]
  • 2007 "Haha + vegetable". Gallery Bauhaus (Tokyo).[2][8][10]
  • 2007 "Ha ha". Focale Galerie (Locarno).[2]
  • 2010 "Osaka". Nikon Salon (Ginza and Osaka).[11][12]
  • 2010 "Kamagasaki/Shinsekai: Life in the shadow of the economic miracle". Zen Foto Gallery (Shibuya, Tokyo). Photographs of Shinsekai and Kamagasaki (both in Osaka) by Dodo and Seiryū Inoue.[13]
  • 2010 "Osaka". Tokio Out of Place (Minami Azabu, Tokyo).[14][15]

Film, video[edit]

  • Coproducer, The Mourning Forest (2007).[16]
  • Actor, Tsunagari-yuku mono (つながりゆくもの) / Things Passed Down (dir. Naomi Kawase, 2009). Dodo plays the gruff photographer father in this long commercial for Nikon.[17]

Publications by Dodo[edit]

Some photobooks by Shunji Dodo
  • Chihei (地平) / Horizon. Issues 1–10. 1971–77.[18]
  • Shinsekai: Mukashi mo ima mo (新世界 むかしも今も). Osaka: Chōseisha, 1986. Black-and-white photographs of Shinsekai, Osaka. (Japanese)
  • Horizon, 1993. A joint work.[18]
  • Shashin "Ningen no machi" 93/94 (写真[人間の街]93/94) / Faces of Humanity 93/94. Edited by Shunji Dodo, George Hashiguchi, and Naomi Yanagimoto. Published by the editors (at their respective addresses), 1994. (Japanese)(English) Much of the text is in English as well as Japanese. On pp. 156–65 Dodo presents his own series, "Kaosu 1969–1970" (カオス 1969・1970), photographs of people from US military bases and of protests against these.
  • Rakudo: Kii hantō (楽土 紀伊半島) / A Radiant Land: Kii Peninsula. Osaka: Brain Center, 1995. ISBN 4-8339-0525-6. Large-format black-and-white photographs of the Kii Peninsula. (Japanese)(English)
  • Sennen rakudo (千年楽土) / A Radiant Land with Thousands of Years. Osaka: Brain Center, 2000. ISBN 4-8339-0530-2. Large-format colour photographs of the Kii Peninsula. (Japanese)(English)
  • Sharasōju (沙羅双樹) / Shara. Nara: Sento/Kumie, 2003. With Naomi Kawase; black-and-white photographs of the making of, and production notes for, Kawase's film Shara. (Japanese)(English)
  • Haha (花母). Nara: Gallery Out of Place, 2006.
  • Saien + sakura (菜園+サクラ) / A Vegetable Garden, Sakura. Osaka: Vacuum Press, 2009. ISBN 978-4-9903288-4-9. Black-and-white photographs of the products of Dodo's vegetable garden, and of cherry blossoms. (Japanese)(English)
  • Ōsaka (大阪 / Osaka. Kyoto: Seigensha, 2010. ISBN 978-4-86152-255-0. Large-format black-and-white photographs of Osaka. (Japanese)(English)
  • Haruka na chihei (遙かなる地平 / Horizon far and away 1968–1977. Tokyo: Akaakasha, 2012. ISBN 978-4-903545-87-5. Numerous series of Dodo's older photographs. (Japanese)(English)
  • Nihonkai (日本海 / Japan Sea. Tokyo: Akaakasha, 2014. ISBN 978-4-86541019-8. Photographs of the Sea of Japan coastal area. (Japanese)(English)


  1. ^ a b c d e Potted biography for the Nara International Film Festival, 2010. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-08-24. (An English-language version is hard to understand.)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Biography, Osaka, p.186.
  3. ^ Description of the book Haha, Match & Co. Accessed 2010-08-24.
  4. ^ As stated by the continuity voice in a program about Dodo broadcast on MBS on 21 May 2010. (Transcription, accessed 2010-08-25.) (Japanese)
  5. ^ a b Ina Nobuo Award page for 1999. Nikon. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-08-24.
  6. ^ a b Interview with Dodo, Faces of Humanity 93/94, pp. 166–69.
  7. ^ Exhibition notice, Higashikawa Photo Festival. (Japanese) Accessed 2012-05-19.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Shunji Dodo / Naomi Kawase: 百々俊二 / 河瀬直美". Gallery Out of Place. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-08-24.
  9. ^ Press kit, Visions du Réel, 2007. Accessed 2010-08-25.
  10. ^ Exhibition notice, Gallery Bauhaus. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-08-25.
  11. ^ Exhibition notice (Ginza), Nikon. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-12-07.
  12. ^ Exhibition notice (Osaka), Nikon. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-12-28.
  13. ^ Exhibition notice, Tokyo Art Beat. (English) Accessed 2010-12-24.
  14. ^ Press release, Gallery Out of Place. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-12-24.
  15. ^ Exhibition notice, Tokyo Art Beat. (English) Accessed 2010-12-24.
  16. ^ "The Mourning Forest by Naomi Kawase", Accessed 2010-08-25.
  17. ^ Diary entries by Kawase, 27 and 30 April 2009. Accessed 2010-08-25.
  18. ^ a b Hard to find in library catalogues, but listed in for example the biography in Osaka, p.186.

External links[edit]

  • First of a series of five photographs from Haha.
  • Publisher's page for Osaka, with sample photographs.
  • Publisher's page for Saien + sakura, with (tiny) sample photographs.
  • Transcript of a short MBS program about Dodo, broadcast on 21 May 2010. (Japanese)