Hiro Tanaka (1968, Mito, Japan)
Hiro Tanaka was born and raised in Japan and has lived in the United States for several years. An interesting coincidence led him to start taking photographs – after accidentally winning a free trip to the US through raffles at a shopping mall in Tokyo, Tanaka started traveling with US punk bands in the United States and Europe, while documenting the tour life. Since then he has been taking photographs, shooting video footage and collecting English slang and phrases. He has won the ShainBook Award in France, YET #11 in Switzerland, and has been selected as a finalist and shortlisted for several awards such as the Kassel Photobook Award, Kassel Dummy Award, Daylight Photo Award, Fuam Dummy Award. Tanaka has had exhibitions in several international photo festivals.