the photography of Shoji Ueda

August 15, 2014

Surrealist photographer Shoji Ueda composed statuesque figures far across sweeping sand dune backdrops. These sand dunes were located in his home region of Tottori, Japan and became the primary location for his incredible pictures, which regularly featured his wife and three children. Ueda’s black and white, dreamscape aesthetic held strong into his later years, when subjects evolved into more fashion and nude photography.

Shoji Ueda passed in 2000, leaving a legacy of prints. Twelve thousand of these are housed, along with a camera obscura, in the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography which was built in 1995 in Kishimoto, Tottori, Japan.

text by Linnea Stephan