Eikoh Hosoe was born in Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture in 1933 and was brought up in Tokyo. In 1954 after graduated from photography faculty at Tokyo Polytechnic University, Hosoe became a free photographer. In 1959, Hosoe established a eminent photographers` group VIVO with Tatsuo Fukushima and others. In 1963, Hosoe published Ordeal by Roses, then in 1971, Kamaitachi which focused on a choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata. VIVO dissovled in 1961. In 1974, Hosoe joined in establishment of WORKSHOP Photography School which was run by young photographers of the time. Hosoe was installed as the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Kiyosato, Yamanashi) since its opening in 1995, vice president of Japan Professional Photographers Society, and professor of Tokyo Polytechnic University, and has taught many photography workshops in Europe and in the U.S. too. Hosoe has achieved sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.
1960 New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association
1963 Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association
1970 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
2003 Royal Photograohic Society's Special 150th Anniversary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS)
2007 Order of the Rising Sun
2010 Person of Cultural Merit