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Photographer Naoya Hatakeyama on the Act of “Tracing Lines”

The photographer traces lines in the city with a camera. Lines drawn by the human beings and those by nature at times cross to reveal a rich metaphor.
Naoya Hatakeyama, translated by Kikuko Ogawa
  • Naoya Hatakeyama is a photographer based in Tokyo. Before completing postgraduate studies at the University of Tsukuba, he had his first solo exhibition, “Contour Line,” at Zeit-Foto Salon in Tokyo in 1983. Since then his work has been shown internationally, including Lime Works (1991–94), River Series (1993–94), Blast (1998–2005), Underground/Water (1998–99), Kesengawa (2002–03), Slow Glass/Tokyo (2006–09), Scales (2008), Tracing Lines/Yamate-Dori (2008–09), Ciel Tombé (2009), Terrils (2009–10), and Rikuzentakata 2011–2016. In 1997 he received the prestigious Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award. Sited in a variety of situations around the world, his work explores the relationship between nature, the city, and photography. His photographs are found in public collections including the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), MoMA, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Swiss Foundation for Photography, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Tate, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Publications of his work include Naoya Hatakeyama: Excavating the Future City (coauthor, Aperture, 2018) and Zeche Westfalen I/II Ahlen (Nazraeli Press, 2006).