Profile of Masato Seto


  • 1953Born in Udon Thani, Thailand
  • 1961Moved to Fukushima Prefecture
  • 1975Graduated from Tokyo Visual Arts
  • 1976Participated in photography workshop of Daido Moriyama
  • 1979Served as an assistant for photographer Masahisa Fukase
  • 1981Became freelance
  • 1987Opened a photography gallery Place M


  • 1989The Newcomer Award, The Photographic Society of Japan, for Bangkok / Hanoi
  • 199523rd New Photographer Prize, The Higashikawa Prize, for Living Room, Tokyo
  • 19968th Society of Photography Award, for Living Room, Tokyo
  • 199621st Kimura Ihei Award, for Silent Mode and Living Room, Tokyo
  • 199912th Shincho Gakugei Award, for autobiographical essay Tooi to Masato (Tooi and Masato)
  • 2008The Annual Award, The Photographic Society of Japan, for Binran
  • 2021The 37th Higashikawa Awards The Domestic Photographer Award,
    for exhibition, “Maps of Memory” (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2020)


Selected Exhibitions

  • 1983Bangkok, 1983, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984Streets, Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995Photographic City Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (Group Exhibition)
  • 1996Living Room, Tokyo, Konica Plaza, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996Muang HANOI, Polaroid Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006Participating in a traveling exhibition project by the Japan Foundation
  • 2008Binran, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013Cesium/Cs-137, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015The Setos 1941-2015 Bangkok Hanoi Fukushima, Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2020Maps of Memory, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Works in Collections

  • [Bangkok/ Hanoi][Living Room, Tokyo] Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
  • [Living Room, Tokyo][Silent Mode] Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • [Picnic] The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • [Living Room, Tokyo][Picnic][Binran] The Elton John Collection, USA
  • [Living Room, Tokyo] Fukushima Museum, Fukushima, Japan