Born and educated in Japan, Hiroji Kubota began his photographic career in the United States, working with Magnum Photos to cover Asia beginning in 1971, including a rare 1,000-day tour of China from 1979 to 1984, during which he made more than 200,000 photographs. The resulting book and exhibit, China, appeared in 1985, and have been exhibited and published internationally ever since. This Cibachrome print is the cover image for the Aperture book China: Fifty Years Inside the People's Republic.

Hiroji Kubota has had solo shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, New York, Washington, Rome, London, Vienna, Paris and many other cities. Kubota's awards in Japan include the Nendo Sho (Annual Award) of the Japanese Photographic Society (1982), and the Mainichi Art Prize (1983). He has photographed most of the Asian continent for his book Out of the East, published in 1997, which led to a two-year project, in turn resulting in the book Can We Feed Ourselves? The author of numerous photography books, Kubota is based in Japan.

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