Tomio Seike

Tomio Seike has been represented by Hamiltons Gallery for over 30 years. Seike lives between Japan and the U.K., and has traditionally hand printed most of his work in Japan and more recently has worked with colour landscapes. Seike’s sensitive pictures of Paris, nudes and still lifes are in numerous international collections.

<span class="title">TSZ 161-5, Paris, St Germain des Prés <span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">1984</span>
<span class="title">TSZ 198-36 <span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">1984</span>
<span class="title">TSZ 122-32 </span>
Tomio Seike
TSZ 161-5, Paris, St Germain des Prés , 1984
Gelatin silver print
8 x 12 in.
Edition of 22
© Tomio Seike

Tomio Seike was first recognised for his portraits of then-little-known American artist Zoe Leonard. Seike took these pictures over a five-year period from 1982 to 1987 when the two artists were travel companions through Tokyo, London, Paris and New York. Leonard’s popularity was not solidified until her exhibition at Documenta 9 in 1992, and Seike’s intimate photographs of the artist give a rare insight into her youth. Seike published his portraits of Zoe with Blitz International, Japan in 1994. These portraits of the two artists remain some of Seike’s most coveted pictures.


Tomio Seike, Portraits of Zoe, PhotographsTokyo, London, Paris, New York. 1982-1987. Tokyo: Blitz International, 1994. unpaginated. (n.d.). Zoe Leonard. [online] Available at: [Accessed 3 Sep. 2018].