Tsutomu Endo

Tsutomu Endo started his carrier as professional photographer in 1998 and has been shooting snowboard scenes in Japan and around the world since. Based in Hakuba in the Japan Alps, he naturally gravitated to the backcountry, shooting in the mountains he has been exploring since childhood. Travelling widely, he has acted as an intermediary between snowboard culture in Hakuba and abroad. His recent work has moved beyond action sports into nature and art photography, searching for the beauty of our planet and highlighting changes to our climate and environment.

スケーター・スノーボーダーとして日本アルプスの麓、安曇野に育つ。90年代よりスノーボードカルチャーにフォーカスし、写真家としてのキャリアをスタート。スノーボードフォトグラフィーをライフワークとしながらアート表現の探求やネイチャー、カルチャーなど躍動するこの星の輝きと命との調和を求めて旅を重ねている。作品集に18年間のボードヒストリーとライフを描いた「inner focus」(2015小学館)がある。

■Awards
2009 Red bull Photographer Challenge /Performance awards
2012 60th Nikkor photo contest/ Special prize
2013 F-STOP mountain shootout /1st prize




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■Artist Statement

I was raised in the beautiful nature of Azumino, at the foot of the Japanese Alps. Greatly influenced by street culture as a boy, I grew up playing in this rich natural environment as a skateboarder and a snowboarder. Playing with sound became an influence in the 1990s, with experimental music and club culture. Encountering hippie and rave culture, I started to learn about the ideas of exploring the spiritual world and freedom of the soul. Since that time, I have followed a path of self-expression, keeping creative expression central to my life’s work as a photographer since 1998. From the outset, my attitude towards the act of photography has been one of "inner focus". Focusing internally while on this creative journey, I have set my course to explore the realm of artistic expression and to seek out harmony between the raw power of nature and the dynamism of human culture that makes up the vibrant diversity of life on this planet we share. My work reflects the inspiration from the earth and the respect for nature that has been cultivated while ‘at play’ in the natural environment.


■EXHIBITION

Solo

2008 Love it @ Hakuba JP
2008 Love it @ Ishikawa JP
2011 ユキノヌクモリ@ Hakuba JP
2011 “MANATSUNOYUKI” Snow in Summer@ Hakuba JP
2011 “YUKIIRO” snow colors @Gallery “IIZURA”Nagano JP
2012 Snow meditation @ Fire king cafe /Tokyo JP
2015 “MIZUNOKIOKU” Memory of water @ Fuji Film Gallery/Tokyo JP
2016 Art of snow players@Gallery “AL Tokyo”/Tokyo JP
2016 inner peace @ Creative space Gallery “Hayashi”/Kanagawa JP
2016 inner peace @ “ASAKURA” Gallery /Omachi JP

Group

2007 FOCUS ALL @ Tokyo JP         
2007 Live Naturaly @ Ibaragi and Kyoto JP
2009 SNOW CREATION @ Kyoto JP
2011 EXHIBITION@MANLY/Australia
2011 SHIBUYA STYLE @SEIBU SOGO/ Tokyo JP
2015 FUJI FILM EXHIBITION @ CP+ /Tokyo JP
2015 FUJI FILM EXHIBITION@Fuji Film/ Tokyo JP
2016 Snow meditation @ INA cultural hall /Nagano JP
2017 Boarders Photo Jurnal @ Wag gallery /Tokyo JP
2017 INDIVIDUAL ACT@Gallery “IIZURA”/Omachi JP

■SLIDE SHOW

2009 “SNOW CREATION” Tsutomu Endo×DJ Yuu@Kyoto JP
2012 “MOUNTAIN WAVE” Tsutomu Endo×DJ TICO@Hakuba JP
2012 HOLY BOWLY@Hakauba JP
2012 NORTH WEST TO JAPAN@Shizuoka & Tokyo JP
2012 TENJIN BANKED SLALOM@Minakami JP
2013 F-STOP SHOOTING@Hakuba JP
2013 TENJIN BANKED SLALOM@Minakami JP
2013 THE BROTHER HOOD@OLIMPIA/ U.S.A.
2015 FUJI FILM@CP+/Tokyo JP
2015 Pastime @ Osaka JP
2015 横ノリ文化交流会@ Shizuoka JP
2016 Back to the roots @ Mocking bird /Hakuba JP
2016 Crosstalk with・Humihiro Hoshino 星野文絋 @HMV Shibuya/Tokyo JP
2016 Slide photo show and Guiter session・Tsutomu Endo×Katsuhiko Sato@AL Tokyo/Tokyo JP
2016 Cross talk with Kasetsu 華雪@B&B/Tokyo JP
2016 ALPS BOOK CAMP 2016 @ Omachi JP
2016 Hokuriku Riders meeting Tsutomu Endo×Yuu Nishiyama@Ishikawa JP
2016 横ノリ文化交流会 Tsutomu Endo×Kiichi Sugai@Tokyo
2017 “Live positive” Tsutomu Endo×Yone film @ Hakuba JP
2017 Snow festival in Nabekura kogen@ Nagano JP

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