Tsugaru region of Aomori Prefecture is in the northernmost reaches of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, and covered with snow during most of the year. The photographer Sho Shibata was born in Tsugaru and has been living in this place. He rejects superficial beauty and his photographs depict Tsugaru beyond it. His works, which record ever-changing scenery and cultures of his homeland, can also be seen as records of his existence.

The photographer Sho Shibata was born in former Ikarigaseki Village, Minamitsugaru county, Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan in 1981. His first solo exhibition Haikei Shiniyuku Kisetsu (Dear dying season) was held at Island Gallery in Kyobashi, Tokyo in 2015. Later, his other exhibitions Tsutetsu (Tsugaru Railway), Tsugaru Saiko (Reflections on Tsugaru), and Shikai Furyo (Blurry Vision) were held in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively, and his unique representations have been attracting growing attention. His latest publication is the first photo book Reflections on Tsugaru, published from Michioto Publishing in 2019.

Reflections on Tsugaru
  • limited edition of 600 copies
  • 6,800 JPY, 282 × 224mm, 112 pages
  • ISBN 978-4-9909354-1-2


2019.6.14 – 23
Photo exhibition by Sho Shibata, Tokyo
2019.4.12 – 14
Wonder Fotoday, Taiwan
2019.4.6 – 7
Tokyo Art Book Fair: Ginza Edition, Japan

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