Artists

Haruko Nakamura

Haruko Nakamura

Project:

A Gift from the Sea

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Using her personal experience, these photographs illustrate the birth of life and its mysticism. This work is a collection of very high quality and elegant pieces, and it physically documents the changes in a woman both inside and out, the construct is conceptual with a sentimental mixture of monochrome and colour images, and it shows her diverse talent as a photographer. At the dawn of a new century in December 2000 this work won the Grand Prix prize in Canon's New Cosmos of Photography Contest, as gateway to success for any new photographer. (1999)

The Sound of Light

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Through meeting Ivo and Ilda and their family - who lead a old fashioned elegant lifestyle which makes one think of beauty in form - tender, passionate and dramatic human relations are recorded illusion-like in photographs that are so gentle that they could almost be a reflection. Innocent traces from running around the land attempting to boldly catch on camera the beautiful scenery through the seasons, the flow of time, the difference in temperature, and other visual points have been captured dynamically with vivid colours. (1993-1998)

Profile:

Haruko Nakamura was born in 1962 in Saitama Prefecture. At the age of four her family moved to Sendai. Whilst at Junior High School her interest in photography was inspired on watching the Romanian Olympic Gymnast Nadia Comaneci and wanting to capture that one perfect moment of her in action. In 1984, after graduating from Nihon University college of art, department of photography, she worked as an assistant at CBS Sony and it was then that she started freelance photographer. The five years spent photographingin Tanzania, Africa, led to the publication of "Children of the World: Tanzania, Rajab - the little king of savanna".

She also traveled around India, the UK and Italy capturing images of children around the world. On marrying Kazumi Shimodate in 1994, she began documenting the scenery of the Tuscany region of Italy, and also the life of an old couple there. On 27th January 2005, at home whilst being cared for by her family, Haruko lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 43 years old. Haruko carved out a life as a mother to three daughters (Umi, Solar and Hana) as a wife, and as a photographer. Around 50,000 photographs remain.

In 2000 her work "A Gift from the Sea" was granted the Award for Excellence in Canon's 21st New Cosmos of Photography Competition (chosen by photographer Nobuyoshi Araki), and she was also the winner of the Grand Prize from amongst those included in the exhibition of the same competition. She was also awarded in 2000 the newcomers prize in Miyagi Prefecture's Recommendation of Artists Awards.

CV:

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Visual Arts Gallery Tokyo, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple'
2009 Visual Arts Gallery Osaka, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple'
2009 Nagoya Visual Arts Gallery, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple'
2008 Sendai mediatheque, Miyagi, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple' with projection show and music performance ,
2008 TKG (Tomio Koyama Gallery) Daikanyama, Tokyo, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple'
2008 Daikanyama Ballroom, Tokyo, projection show and music performance Sendai Mediatheque, 'Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple'
2001 MODAPOLITICA Tokyo, 'Hikari no oto (The sound of light)'

Photography Exhibition

2009 Tokyo Photo 2009, from Tomio Koyama Gallery
2006 Portrait Gallery, TokyoPhotographity 1980-2005
2002 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography The Tenth Anniversary New Cosomos of Photography Exhibition
2002 Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi The Tenth Anniversary New Cosomos of Photography Exhibition
2002 Contemporary Art Space Osaka, CASO, The Tenth Anniversary New Cosomos of Photography Exhibition
2002 Tsuyama in the Sky, Land, Miyagi ,rial named the next
2000 MODAPOLITICA Tokyo, New Cosomos of Photography 2000 presented by Canon inc.
2000 Kyoto Gallery RAKU, Kyoto, New Cosomos of Photography 2000 presented by Canon inc.
1999 Luna gallery, Miyagi A photo company Sendai photograph exhibition
1999 Aeru Citizen Gallery , Miyagi Excellent Works Museum Exhibition

Publications

Photography book Hikari no oto (The Sound of Light) - pure and simple, 2008, Formare la luce, inc.
Sekai-no-Kodomotachi 25 Tanzania (children of the world series 25, Tanzania, Rajab - the little king of savanna), 1989, KAISEISHA SHA

Selected Articles

Fashion and lifestyle magazine Oggi, January, 2009, Domani, February, 2009, Shogakukan Inc
Monthly photo magazeine, Canon Photo Circle , February, 2009, CAPA, March, 2009, Gakken Publishing Co.,Ltd.
NIPPON CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL 2007 Photography, now, here, September, 2009
ROJYO (on the street) no.113, April, 2009, ROJYO publishing office
The Kahoku Shimpo (News Paper) August, 2008 Sendaikeizaikai (Sendai economic world) September, 2008
The Yomiuri Shimbun (News Paper) November, 2008
Free paper jnude , December, 2008 Asahi Shimbun Publications