Naoya Hatakeyama, photographer

One of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers, Naoya Hatakeyama has presented award-winning images that explore the relationship between urbanization and the natural world, some of which are on view in the exhibition “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11.” Since 2011, Hatakeyama has returned to his tsunami-ravaged home of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture to photograph the transformed landscape. Hear how his experiences in Japan and abroad have influenced his process, body of work, and personal philosophy.

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Above:  Naoya Hatakeyama, 2013.10.20 Kesen-cho from the series “Rikuzentakata 2011–2014” (detail), 2013. Photograph, C print. © Hatakeyama Naoya / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery.