Naoya Hatakeyama

For the month of October 2010, we were welcoming one of Japan's leading photographers, NAOYA HATAKEYAMA, as inaugural artist/researcher/collaborator in residence at studios. During the A|R|C residency, Naoya Hatakeyama is exploring sites of (often failed) utopian architecture in and around London with Manu Luksch and Mukul Patel. 

The series of photographic works, combined with poetry by Mukul, are presented for the first time at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo 4 April -28 May 2017.


Naoya Hatakeyama at Thamesmead. photo: Manu Luksch

"A photograph carries a message from nature […] If I continue to trace lines in the city in due course, considerate people should appear and begin to draw new lines, […] lines fit to become rich metaphors equal to things in nature." [N. Hatakeyama]  

Naoya Hatakeyama is one of Japan’s leading photographers. Since the mid-1980s, the Tokyo-based artist has created a body of work concerned largely with the relationship between nature and cities. His Lime Works series, a study of the landscapes and architecture of limestone quarries, received the 22nd Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 1997. In 2001 he was the recipient of the 42nd Mainichi Award of Art for Underground (1999), an exploration of the normally unseen tunnels, rivers, and ecosystems of Tokyo’s sewer network. During the same year he was chosen to represent Japan at the 49th Venice Biennale. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, Hatakeyama’s photographs are found in public collections including the National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Swiss Foundation for Photography, Kunsthaus Zürich; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.