Dear Chieko,
CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 11th Annual International Color Awards.

5,642 entries were received from 73 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York who reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring 709 title awards and 730 nominees in 33 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.

Basil O’Brien
Creative Director








London, UK (14 January 2018) – Photographer Chieko Tanemura of United States was Awarded Honorable Mention in People for the winning entry Regina Preparing Beef for Sunday Lunch at prestigious Monochrome Awards honouring Black & White Photography

The 2017 Monochrome Awards received 8942 submissions from 87 countries around the world. Winning images were selected by panel of international judges, including: Pia Elizondo, Michel Rajkovic, Ben Nixon, Norma I. Quintana, Martin Stavars, Allison Barnes, Katarina Balgavy, Claire A. Warden, David Johndrow and Stefano Brunesci.






A Happy New Year :-D 








NEW BOOK – So Sweet to Come Home to 〜心が還る町〜 152 pages hardcover on Blurb, Dec. 30, 2017
    This book is a revised version of 『My California』


The epic of beauty exists for photographing.  

California embraces me enough to fall in love, even though I left California behind.







NEW BOOK – 道草 michi kusa :Touching Beauty in the Mundane -122 pages hardcover on Blurb, Nov. 2017


Listen to the contemplation of the magnificent nature around us,
the wind’s lullaby in the serenity of fall,
the whispering breeze dancing in the glistening sunlight.
See how the patina reflects the layers of the passage of time,
old diners displaying picture scrolls of happy times,
The Rembrandt ceiling light reflects a simple glass cup, prettier than Baccarat,
the elegant organic movements and compositions of old power lines depict live art,
the subtle hues of the fish at the store forming an art show,
Plants and streets on the morning walk always capture my heart.
Gentle gazes on children melt my body and spirit.
How graceful this simple and traditional way of life is !
Beauty and excitement in abundance surrounds me.
My appreciation of the mundane will never cease, like a fountain
while reflects my joy and appreciation to be alive.






NEW BOOK- REMINISCENCES OF GOOD OLD NIPPON – 148 pages hardcover on Blurb, Oct 2017


I would like to thank Japanese Calligrapher Ungai Hara who has contributed to the chapter titles.
His graceful curve of dynamic movement turns into pure art form, profound beauty of black and white,
and subtle brush strokes play lyrical tunes.

I would like to offer my special thanks to the principal and teachers at Old Wooden Shirakawa Elementary School,
one of the Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. They courteously invited me to observe classes and have lunch together with
the children. If I could study at such a lovely school of only 55 students, I would happily go back to being a child again.

Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge Matsuno-Kai of the Kokomo Kabuki Preservation Society,
the Chief Priest of the Zen Temple Enkaku-ji, Mr. Motoji of Tokai Brewer
and the Tea Master Hisako whom I just met on the street in the historical old town of Imai-cho.
She acted as my guide through the town and made tea for me at her tea room. This was literally an unexpected
and happy once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

And finally, I would like to thank the many people I encountered, who surrounded me with warmth and reminded
me of the good old days in Japan.







*Int’l Photography Awards



International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2017 Competition!

This year, The International Photography Awards received 14269 of submissions from over 165 countries, and is pleased to declare that Chieko Tanemura was awarded Honorable Mention in People – Lifestyle for the winning entry Gleaners.








*Monovisions Photography Awards






*Wedding Album for Eli & Ian

Dear Families and Friends of Eli and Ian;

You can see the album on the web, but this is not for sale to the public;
So, please contact with the couple in order to connect the link INVITATION ONLY.
Thank you so much.





*New Book MY CALIFORNIA – 162 pages hardcover on Blurb

『MY California』 is a photography anthology on California, of images taken mainly in the Bay Area through 2007 to 2017.
The collection also includes, and not exclusively, the areas of Bodie, Sierra, Death Valley and Central California.
Since I have already published portraitures and plant portraits, edited landscapes, seascapes, farms, windmill farms, street photography and vintage objects.
Indeed, with its varied landscapes, California continually fascinates photographers. I can’t help but take my camera wherever I go, to capture the magical environment, filled with light and shade, hues and textures. The epic beauty is a photographer’s dream. California envelopes me with warmth and love.


2016 Competition Web Galleries
Below are our 2016 Competition Web Galleries, which display entries specially selected by our Editor, Stephen Perloff, and other Photo Review staff.

The 2016 competition was juried by Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. For more information about our annual competition, visit our Competition page.

View our 2016 Competition Prize Winners Gallery to see the prize winners only.

View our 2016 Competition Winners Gallery for additional photographers selected by our juror for display in our web gallery and print journal.

Many thanks to Sara Shields for her help with posting the web galleries. Stay tuned for information about our 2017 Competition.

TWO OR THREE Themed: Amish Girls with Digital Cameras, 2016, Pennsylvania
INTERVENTIONS ON THE LAND Themed: Laundry Line in the Snow, 2016, Pennsylvania












*I received a beautiful birthday bouquet from my friend Kazuko, and rearranged it in a small vase 10 days later.














*Here is a photo from My Australian friend Anna.
The book 『Nacreous Children』 is on her beautiful Japanese desk.













I’m very happy to announce that new photography book released.  Now available on Blurb. NACREOUS INFANCY 真珠の輝き is portraits of the children, 10 x 8 in 150 pages hardcover.
『Photographing children is joyous observation to recall my days.  Their bright eyes, laughters, curiosity and innocence make me smile and come alive as parenting is not nurturing but learning.  NACREOUS CHILDREN are Angeles to give hope, comfort and energy to me.』







Japanese Photo Essay on Nice America 『やさしい時間」ya-sa-shi-i-ji-ka-n

Thank you so much for your beautiful and encouraging words and for being good readers.
I’m pleased that you really enjoyed reading my book and emphasizing fully with my experiences.

Also special thanks to Mr. Kazuo Nakamura, journalist for the Yomiuri Paper, interviewed.

Two images published in the paper (omitted article due to limitation of the space and Japanese language)
Left, Halloween Night at Campbell, California,  Oct. 31, 2008.    Right, Sax’s Joint, Petaluma, California, 2014




*Dear Chieko,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 11th Annual Black & White
Spider Awards with: Honorable Mention in Children of the World | Little Amish Girl





LOS ANGELES (Date) – (Professional or Amateur) photographer (Name) of (Country) was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards (Award Title) in the category of (Category) at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.
The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “(Name)’s “(Title of Photograph),” an exceptional image entered in the (Category) category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present (her/him) with the title of (Award Title).” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide





*I’m very pleased to announce that new books released this summer 2016.  Now available on Blurb. com.   LIME SODA ライムの馨り photographs of the young  people in the USA and Japan, 106 pages hardcover &  REVERIE 幻想曲 color and BW photographs of flowers and plants, 108 pages hardcover.




*My friend Eriko has just renewed my website.  Eriko, thank you so much for your great work !!!


*I met Anthony Tashinick at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California.  I realized how difficult to overcome Massive Mavericks.  I truly admire fearless Mavericks Surfer Anthony’s strong spirits and superior skills.  GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!






*Thank you very much everyone who took time to visit my exhibit at Gallery Kei in Japan.  Special thanks to Ms Keiko Yamaguchi of Gallery Kei, and also interviewer Reiko Kishimoto.  (My friend Anna at the shrine near the Gallery)











Life Framer Alternative Lives exhibition, running July 28th – August 2nd 2014 at Menier Gallery, London.

Alternative Lives is a showcase of selected work from a further group of talented artists, each an entrant to the first edition of the Life Framer award. The show is a thematic celebration of the diversity of life: beautiful photography, incredible stories. The art will be presented in a stunning gallery space, setting white walls, exposed steelwork and raw brick against striking and arresting art. The display will inter-weave distinct stories, situations and characters in an inspiring way. The show coincides with S.L.A.M – a late opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

Monday – Thursday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm // Friday 11.00 am – 8.00 pm // Saturday 11.00 am – 4.30 pm // 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

The Menier Gallery offers a dramatic and affordable space to view and exhibit works of contemporary art and design. The gallery is located at the heart of one of London’s artistic hubs. The gallery is within minutes of London Bridge Tube Station, The Shard, Borough Market, and Tate Modern. The gallery is managed by the charity Paintings in Hospitals. All money raised from the hiring of the gallery helps Paintings in Hospitals to use art and creativity to improve the wellbeing of people with illness, addiction, autism and disability in healthcare facilities throughout the UK




Juried Group Exhibition: Celebrations

The following images were selected by juror, Harvey Stein.

Juror’s Award – Mike Zapata’s “Amber’s Lonely Party”
Director’s Award – Lisa Botkin’s “Hooray For Hollywood”
Honorable Mention – Aleksey Nichukin’s “Flying”
Honorable Mention – Sandy Powers’ “I Love My Life”
Honorable Mention – Len Speier’s “Time Out, Roseland, NYC
Honorable Mention – Chieko Tanemura’s “Quinceanera”
Honorable Mention – Sandra Chen Weinstein’s “California Girls #1”
Visitors Choice – to be determined

Exhibition: November 15 to December 29, 2013
Reception: November 23 and December 28, 2013  4 to 7 pm

A Smith Gallery
105 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City, TX 78636




The Biennial Exhibition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Jan. 19th through Feb. 27th,
as well as the auction held on February 14th.

The opening reception had an attendance of around 450 people, and during the exhibition there was an average of 220 daily visitors making an approximately total of 8000 visitors.  The media coverage was very large; over 21 pages of press coverage in major newspaper, as well as radio and TV reportages were key in the attendance success.

The works, that have been donated by the artists, were auctioned at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires .  The auction was able to raise over 16000 dollars to Save Children and FLENI.  The following works were sold in this auction.

Adam Balcerek, Poland, “Calmness”
Nicholas Dantona, USA, “Bleeker Street 1”
Brigitte Carnochan, USA, “Butterflies”
Lucio Carvalho, Brazil, “Complex”
Patrizia Burra, Italy, “Behind the Red Curtain”
Jan Neimeijer, Netherlands, “The Bartender”
Kamil Vojnar, Czech Republic, “Atracted to the Light”
Kamil Vojnar, Czech Republic, “Angel Dream”
Helene Fjell, Norway, “Harmony”
Katernina Bodrunova, Russia, “Surrealism”
Alicia Moneva, Spain, “Incubadas”
Rheana Gardner, USA, “Selfportrait as Venus de Urbino”
Blair Friederich, USA, “3 Spaces”
Sara Umemoto, Japan, “Farewell”
Chieko Tanemura, USA, “Haight Street”
Ragne Sigmond, Denmark, “Fleeting”


Title:    “Spring Tune”  Solo Exhibit
Date:    February 14 through March 29, 2011
Time:   10:00am ~ 17:00pm (closed on Wednesday & Thursday)
Place:  Hanaya-Kitagawa Gallery, 1291-3, Takabatake-cho, Nara City, Nara-Pref. JAPAN 630-8301

Hanaya-Kitagawa Gallery is located in an ancient Japanese city of Nara, which is known for its cultural heritage and serene and mystical environment. I felt that this gallery, which is an old traditional house built in 1922 turned into an intimate art space, was the perfect place to showcase my latest project which consists of 45 spring-themed small size photographs.