Hikari: Contemporary Photography from Japan


Shiho Kito

(b.1980, Aichi, Japan)

Shiho Kito achieved a BLit (Hons.) degree in English Language and Literature from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. She also attended Department of Inter Media Art at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan, then moved to England to study for a BA (Hons.) degree in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK and a MA in Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK. She was awarded the Prime Ministers’ Initiative II Fund twice, in 2008 and 2010, from the British Council for her residence programmes at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. She was selected as one of the finalists of 1_Wall Photographic Awards in Tokyo in 2012 with her portrait project ‘Walls’.  


Kimiko Yoshida

(b. 1963, Tokyo, Japan)

Kimiko Yoshida attended the Faculty of Literature, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan (1986), Tokyo College of Photography, Japan (1995), École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles, France (1996) and Studio national des arts contemporains-Le Fresnoy, France (1999). She has held solo shows in Israel, Russia, France, Portugal, Spain, the USA and China and her work is in the following collections: Fine Arts Museum, Houston, USA, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Kawasaki City Museum, Japan, Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Centro de Arte Moderna. Casa das Mudas, Madeira, Bank Neuflize/ABN AMRO, Paris, Lhoist Group, Bruxelles, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Paris, Diane Von Furstenberg, New York, Jervis Center, Dublin, Fondation Guerlain, Paris and the collection of Sheika Paula Al-Sabah, Dar Noor, Dubai.


Yuji Obata

(b. 1962, Kanagawa, Japan). 

Yuji Obata graduated from the Nihon University Collage of Art in 1995. His photographs have been exhibited widely in Tokyo since 1987, and more recently in New York (Danziger Gallery 2012). Publications include ‘Invisible Border, Digital Photo Book’ (Private Press, 1998), ‘Bird of Paradise: Madeira’ (Heibonsha, 2001), ‘Wintertale (Sokyusha, 2007) and ‘Ibaragi Noriko no ie’ (Heibonsha, 2010). He is the recipient of the 24th Sun Prize (1987), the Konica Photography Encouragement Prize (1997) and the 24th Higashikawa Award (2008). His photographs are also in the collections of the Nihon University College of Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.


Ken Kitano


(b. 1968, Tokyo, Japan)

Ken Kitano graduated from the Nihon University’s College of Industrial Technology in 1991. Selected solo exhibitions include ‘City Flow and Fusion’ I.C.A.C. Weston Gallery (Tokyo 1993), ‘our face’, Photo Gallery International, (Tokyo 2006), ‘one day’, MEM (Osaka 2009), ‘our face’, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing 2010), Galerie Priska Pasquer (Cologne 2010) and ‘our face project: Asia’, MEM, (Tokyo 2011). Kitano’s work also formed part of the ‘Photography Today 3’ exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, (Tokyo 2006) and ‘elan photographic’, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (Tokyo 2011). He is the recipient of the Society of Photography Award (2004), the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan, (2007), the Nominee’s of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize Hong Kong, (2010) and the Special Prize for the 14th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, (2011).


Tokihiro Sato

(b. 1957, Yamagat, Japan)

Tokihiro Sato attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, achieving a BFA in sculpture in 1981, and an MFA in 1983). He is currently the Professor at the Department of Inter Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts and Music. Since 1982 he has held over 27 solo shows, primarily in his native Japan, but also at galleries in China, America and Europe. His work is in the Public collections of the Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Yamagata Museum of Art, the Japan Foundation, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art institute of Chicago, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Tasveer Foundation in Bangalore.