Mitsu Maeda 

A Japanese photographer (1984) currently based in Kochi, Japan.  Her theme in photography is to capture emotions and senses that she encounters.  Ultimately she aims to explore the organic complexities of the individual.

A member of BACKYARD PROJECT since 2011.


Education & Experience


2007 graduated from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies where she studied international relations

2007-2009 worked at Consulate General of Japan in Penang, Malaysia

2009- Freelance photographer based in Tokyo/Kochi, Japan

2011 selected as one of the participants in Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia

2013 participated in Semiha Es International Female Photographers Symposium at Istanbul, Turkey as one of the panelists




2010 ‘Threatened Life with the Forest-Indigenous Penan People in Borneo’ on DAYS JAPAN, Japan

2012 ‘My Recollections’ on Invisible Photographer Asia (Web)

2013 ‘My Recollections’ on PIX Quartery, India

2013 ‘Japanese Brazilians’ on Fotografia Magazine (Web)

2014 ‘Japanese Brazilians’ on Photography Notes by Galata Fotografhanesi, Turkey

Her photos were also appeared in Japanese/international newspapers and publications.


Exhibitions & Projections


2010 Group Exhibition ‘Spotlight Unseen’ in Tokyo, Japan

2011 Solo Exhibition ‘East Japan Great Earthquake’ in Tokyo, Japan

2012 Solo Exhibition ‘Menschen nach den Katastrophen’ at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

2012 Solo Exhibition ‘My Recollections’ at Ricoh Photo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

2013 Slide Show Projection of ‘My Recollections’ at Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival for Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase in Thailand

2013 Slide Show Projection of ‘My Recollections’ at Encontros da Imagen International Photo Festival in Braga, Portugal

2013 Slide Show Projection of ‘My Recollections’ at Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival in Kobe, Japan

2013 Group Exhibition ‘Pure 2013’ at Gallery Tanto Tempo in Kobe, Japan

2014 Slide Show Projection of ‘My Recollections’ at Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia

2015 Group Exhibition 'Asian Young Photographers' at Beijing Photo Festival in Beijing, China

2016 Group Exhibition 'FOCUS JAPAN' at Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017 Group Exhibition 'Keeping Records' at Xi'an International Photography in Xi'an, China

2017 Solo Exhibition 'Saenba' at Gallery E in Kochi, Japan


Awards & Grants


2010 NIKON photo award international emerging talent

2012 Tokyo Documentary Photo Workshop Encouragement Grant

2013 selected as one of the finalists Asian Women Photographers Showcase

2014 selected as one of the 100 participants Review Santa Fe


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