Meet the Author/Photographer

Michio Hoshino

Portrait of Michio Hoshino

Michio Hoshino visited Alaska from his native Japan when he was a teenager. He stayed for three months. Hoshino returned to Japan to attend college, but after he finished his degree, he went back to Alaska, this time for good. Realizing that he needed a way to earn a living, he chose photography. Hoshino didn't know much about taking professional photographs, but he didn't let that bother him. "I taught myself, little by little," he said.

Throughout a rewarding and productive career, Hoshino trekked through wild places in every season and in all kinds of weather. Always, he looked for the right photograph, the perfect shot. Usually he got it. Once he spent a month on a glacier during the winter, trying to photograph the aurora borealis (bands of light sometimes visible in the northern night sky). The aurora appeared on only one night — but Hoshino was there to capture it on film. Such tireless enthusiasm led him to attain a level of art with his photographs. For this achievement, he received Japan's highest award for photography in 1990. Hoshino died in 1996.

Michio Hoshino did not regard animals as his only photographic subjects. A friend says, "He considered himself a photographer of the natural world, which to him included people interacting with their own environments. He wasn't strictly a wildlife photographer. His work was very much cultural as well."

Photography Credit


Other Books Written and with Photographs by Michio Hoshino

  • Grizzly
  • Moose
  • Nanook's Gift