Mitsu Maeda








A photographer based in Kochi, Japan. After graduating from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, she worked at the Consulate General of Japan in Penang, Malaysia.
Following her time there, she engaged in the creation of documentary pieces in both domestic and international contexts.
Since moving back to her native Kochi in 2014, she has specialized in both commercial and editorial photography while also creating personal image-based works.

Main Equipment

MAMIYA 645Leica M4
Afghan box camera


1984Born in the city of Kochi

2007Graduated from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

2007 - 2009Worked at the Consulate General in Penang, Malaysia

2009Began producing photographic works based in Tokyo

2014Moved back to Kochi and began working as a specialized commercial photographer

2015Started "m photo office" studio in central Kochi City

Exhibitions & Projects

2010Group Exhibition "Spotlight Unseen" / Gallery Kujakudo, Tokyo

2011Angkor Photo Workshop / Cambodia

2012Solo exhibition "Menschen nach den Katastrophen" / Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2012Solo exhibition "My Recollections" / RICOH Art Gallery, Tokyo

2013Screened slide show "Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase" at the Chiang Mai Documentary ArtsFestival / Chiang Mai, Thailand

2013Group Exhibition "Pure 2013" / Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe

2013Participated as a panelist at the "Semiha Es International Female Photographers Symposium" / Istanbul, Turkey

2015Group Exhibition "Asian Young Photographers" at the Beijing Photo Festival / Beijing, China

2016Group Exhibition "FOCUS JAPAN" at the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017Group Exhibition "Keeping Records" / Xi’an International Photography, Xi’an, China

2018Solo Exhibition "Brazil" / Gallery E, Kochi

2018Collaboration exhibition with box camera photographer Jeffrey Lim "Instant KANTA Portrait" / m photo office, Kochi

2020Solo Exhibition "Cerrado" / Gallery E, Kochi

2020Project "Artist in residence Kochi 2020" / Susaki Machikado Gallery, Kochi

2021Group Exhibition "Kami Art Annual vol.9" / Kochi

List of publications

PIX Quartery(PIX/India) 
Washington Post

Photography Notes (Galata Fotografhansei / Turkey, International)

Le Monde etc