© Ikko Narahara

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Ikko Narahara, born in 1931, Japanese photographer. His career began during his graduate studies with a one-man show, Human Land (1956), about the man-made industrial island of Gunkanjima. The critical response led him to become a freelance professional. With Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, and others he participated in the Eyes of Ten exhibition (1957), and co-founded the VIVO agency in 1959. He spent 1962-5 in Paris and travelling in Europe, publishing the resulting photos in Where Time Has Stopped (1967). On his return to Japan, he focused on the arts of Japan (Japanesque-Zen, 1970). Where Time Has Vanished (1975) documents four years travelling the USA from his base in New York, where he was included in the MoMA exhibition New Japanese Photography in 1974. He photographs with a critical eye and a strong personal aesthetic, has significantly influenced younger photographers, and has received important awards.

— Osamu Hiraki

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