Japanese, 1938–2015



B.A. Spanish, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan

Solo Exhibitions


Circulation, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Circulation: Date, Place, Events, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Circulation: Date, Place, Events, BLD Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Kirikae, Comme des Garçons Six, Osaka; Comme des Garçons Hannam Six, Seoul

Documentary, BLD Gallery and ShugoArts, Tokyo, Japan


Why an Illustrated Yokohama Dictionary?, ShugoArts, Tokyo, Japan


Why an Illustrated Human-animal Dictionary?, ShugoArts, Tokyo, Japan


Takuma Nakahira: Degree Zero – Yokohama, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, travelled to Naha Civic Gallery, Naha, Japan


Everyday Life, C-square, Art Gallery of the Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan


Adieu à X, Foto Daido, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions


Living for the City, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance: Photography in Japan 1960-1975 (touring exhibition), The Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Le Bal, Paris, France; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois


For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979, Museum Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Japan Society and Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York, NY


Photography Now: Japan, China, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


Faithful Documents: Japanese Contemporary Photography, Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

All our Everydays, Gallery Ver, Bangkok, Thailand


Chikaku: Time and Memory in Japan, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, travelled to: Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain; Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Japan Meganeura, Hachinohe City Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan

ICANOF Media Art Show 2005: MEGANEURA, Hachinohe City Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan


Spread in Prato 2004, Prato, Italy


Photonesia: Memories of Lights, Fruits of Time: Waves after the 30th Anniversary of the Return of Okinawa to Japan, Naha Civic Gallery, Naha, Japan


Photography and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 1953-1995, National Film Center, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan


Eleven Photographers in Japan: 1965-75, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan


Travaux/Débat/Projection: L’avant-garde au Japon, Galerie ADDA, Marseille, France


Fifteen Photographers Today, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Photography About Photography, Shimizu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


The 7th Paris Biennale, Le Parc de Floral, Bois de Vincennes, Paris, France


The 6th Paris Biennale, Musée d’Art Modeme de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Grants and Awards


Society of Photography Award


13th Newcomer Award, Japanese Photography Critics’ Association


Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX

National Museum of Photography, Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark

New York Public Library, New York, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama

Selected Bibliography


Respini, Eva. “For a Language to Come: Takuma Nakahira’s Photogaphs for the 1971 Paris Biennial.” Post: Notes on Mondern & Contemporary Art Around the Globe 30 July 2015

“Takuma Nakahira, Daido Moriyama, Koji Taki, Yutaka Takanashi, PROVOKE 2 – Provocative Materials for Thought, 1959.” Achtung. Photography March 2015


Smith, Roberta. “Takuma Nakahira ‘Circulation: Date, Place, Events.’” New York Times 12 July 2013 [Art Review]

“Takuma Nakahira.” New Yorker 8 July 2013 [Art Review]

Amin, Eidia Moni. “’Circulation: Date, Place, Events’ by Takuma Nakahira.” Lintroller 26 June 2013

“Circulation: Date, Place, Events @ Milo.” DLK Collection June 26 2013

Momen, Matin. “Takuma Nakahira: Circulation: Date, Place, Events.” StyleZeitgeist 25 June 2013

Woodward, Richard B. “Capturing the Harmony of Man, Woman and Land.” Wall Street Journal 15 June 2013

Nakahira, Takuma. “Goings on About Town.” The New Yorker 8 June 2013

Abbe, Dan. “Fragments of 1971 Paris, On View Today in New York.” American Photo 3 June 2013

Nakahira, Takuma. “The Guide: June 2013 Edition.” Time LightBox 3 June 2013

Wolff, Amy. “7 Days in Paris.” Photo District News 23 May 2013

Nakahira, Takuma. “Paris in the Seventies.” The Morning News 20 May 2013

“Takuma Nakahira: Circulation: Date, Place, Events.” Flavorpill May 2013


Susuda, Miwa. “The Best Books of 2012.” Photo-Eye Magazine. December 2012

Lederman, Russet. “Provoke: Takuma Nakahira and Tutaka Takanashi” Monsters and Madonnas 24 August 2012

Nakahira, Takuma. Circulation: Date, Place, Events. Osiris: Tokyo, 2012

Coignet, Rémi, “Takuma Nakahira: Circulation: Date, Place, Events,” Blog of Le Monde, May 21, 2012 [book review]

Nakahira, Takuma. Okinawa, Amami, Tokara 1974-1978. Miraisha: Tokyo


Baker, Simon. “Fire and the Limits/Against the Landscape,” Image Perspectives Black Dog Publishing: London, 2011

Nakahira, Takuma. Documentary. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa Publishing, 2011

Nakahira, Takuma. Magazine Work 1964-1982 Getsuyosha: Tokyo, 2011


Badger, Gerry. “Fire and Water.” The International Journal of Photographic Art & Practice. Number: 61, Autumn 2010

Nakahira, Takuma. For a Language to Come [Reprint] Osiris: Tokyo, 2010


Nakahira, Takuma. Collected Critical Essays: 1965-1977. Tokyo: Osiris, 2007


Kohara, Masashi. “A Portrait of Takuma Nakahira,” Camera Austria International No. 91, 2005


Asada, Akira. “A Lecture: The Nakahira Takuma Case,” ART-iT, Spring/Summer 2004


Takuma Nakahira: Degree Zero – Yokohama. Osiris: Tokyo, 2003


Nakahira, Takuma. Hysteric Six: Nakahira Takuma. Hysteric Glamour:Tokyo, 2002


The Japanese Box Steidl: Göttingen, Germany, 2001 (Facsimile editions of the Provoke issues and three photoboooks; For a Language to Come, Farewell to Photography by Daido Moriyama and Sentimental Journey by Nobuyoshi Araki)


Japanese Photographers 36: Takuma Nakahira Iwanami Shoten: Tokyo, 1999


Nakahira, Takuma. Adieu à X. Kawade Shobo Shinsha: Tokyo, 1989


Nakahira, Takuma. A New Gaze. Shobunsha: Tokyo, 1983


Nakahira, Takuma and Kishin Shinoyama. Duel on Photography. Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo, 1977


Nakahira, Takuma. Why an Illustrated Botanical Dictionary?: Takuma Nakahira’s Collected Writings on the Image Shobunsha: Tokyo, 1973


Nakahira, Takuma, Taki Koji, et al. First Discard the World of Verisimilitude: The Thoughts of Photography and Language. Tabata Shoten: Tokyo, 1970

Nakahira, Takuma. For A Language to Come. Fudosha: Tokyo, 1970


Nakahira, Takuma. Provoke. Issue 4, 1969

Nakahira, Takuma. Provoke. Issue 3, 1969

Nakahira, Takuma. Provoke. Issue 2, 1969


Nakahira, Takuma. Provoke. Issue 1, 1968