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Born in 1943, Hitomi Watanabe studied at the Tokyo College of Photography, where she was the only female student at the time, and graduated in 1968. She then began work inspired by the streets of Shinjuku, before capturing the Zenkyoto movement, opposing students and police officers. From 1972, and for 25 years, she made numerous trips to India and Nepal. “I was attracted to these countries because we share Buddhism, and these common roots are important to me,” she explains. Inspired by documentary photography, she refuses commissions to focus on her own projects. Author of several monographs (Open, Lotus in 2001, The Monkey Philosopher in 2003…), she has participated in several group exhibitions. Among them, 1968 in Japanese Photography, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.