Yuki Onodera was born in Tokyo (1962). In 1993, she established a studio in Paris and began to work internationally.
Onodera’s experimental work, which does not fit within schemas of “photography,” often poses two questions: what is photography, and what can be done through it?
She uses any possible method to realize her works, whether this means taking photographs with a marble inside her camera, or creating a story out of a legend and traveling to the ends of the earth to shoot it.
Onodera is known for making two-meter-high prints in the darkroom, painting on her photographs, and for other original hands-on methods.
Her work is held in collections around the world, including those of Centre Georges Pompidou, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Shanghai Art Museum and The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
Among other locations, her solo exhibitions have been held at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2005), Shanghai Art Museum (2006), The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2010), The Museum of Photography, Seoul (2010) and Musée Nicéphore Niépce, France (2011).
Paris-based artist Yuki Onodera combines quirky hand-cut paper masks with surreptitious photographs of strangers in city streets.