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Faculty, Department of Photography, College of Art
Nihon University Photo Exhibition
SKY
Satomi Tanaka / Kimiko Akimoto / Yuki Anabuki

The Department of Photography at Nihon University’s College of Art is grateful for this opportunity to present the “SKY” photo exhibition.

There are currently 10 full-time faculty members. Showing this time are three members of them who, alongside teaching, have continued their photographic activities with an eye to their exhibiting work.

All of us diligently studied basic technique from our teachers and used that as a foundation for developing and practicing each our own personal style of expression. As educators, our interaction with a continuous flow of students has exposed us to broad visions of photography on a regular basis and instinctively fueled our experimentation with diverse modes of expression.

Satomi Tanaka takes an orthodox approach based on darkroom work to emphasize of photography as a record of time and fact. Kimiko Akimoto uses digital photography to express the world inside her through her subjects. Yuki Anabuki makes extensive use of new equipment and techniques to create his own world of photographic expression.

This exhibition treats you to some very interesting original prints including never-before-shown works in which you will immediately sense the breadth and depth of expression these three artists have passionately injected. I would appreciate it if you could visit this gallery and see the works that they made with great care.

Hitomi Nishigaki
Head, Department of Photography College of Art,
Nihon University

Satomi Tanaka Profile

Born 1960 in Ishikawa Prefecture. Having studied aeronautics in the Air Self-Defense Force and worked in the corporate world, he was more than 40 years old when he enrolled in the Department of Photography of the Nihon University College of Art. He completed a graduate program and is now an associate professor in the department, mainly teaching the basics of photography. His research focus is early photographic techniques, and he is exploring ways to utilize them in contemporary photographic work. His work emphasizes photographic recording, in gelatin silver black-and-white prints in formats ranging from 8x10 inches to 35mm. He attempts to complete better-quality prints in every format, including film that has been exposed to X-rays during airport security scans.

Member of The Photographic Society of Japan, The Society of Photography and Imaging of Japan, and The Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography

Selected Exhibitions

2018 :
“Living with the earth” (Collaboration), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata
2017 :
“From our workplaces”, 30th Meeting of the Japan Gerontological Urology Association
2016 :
“Journey through the history of 35x35mm photography”, Gallery Storks, Tokyo
2015 :
“Entrance / Geometry” Group Show, WACCA Ikebukuro, Tokyo
2014 :
“Intersection Project - Parallel Intersections”
2013 :
“Iron / Carving / Photography”, Collaboration with KURAKAKE Jun’ichi, Hoshi to Mori no Uta Museum, Niigata
“A flower is not a flower”, Collaboration with KURAKAKE Jun’ichi, N+N Exhibition, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo
2012 :
“Yama no ueshita”, Collaboration, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata
2011 :
Typology Series No.1 - “Entrance”, Gallery Storks, Tokyo

Kimiko Akimoto Profile

Born in Saitama Prefecture. She is a professor of photography at Nihon University, having graduated from the university’s Department of Photography and Graduate School of Art. She supports many students who are completing photography projects for seminars and other classes. She understands living to be a journey, and she journeys continuously, living in the city so she can return to nature and returning to nature so she can live in the city. In exhibitions she tends to show snapshots of urban scenes, and mainly imagistic photos of natural scenes. In Japan she likes to shoot natural scenes with an emphasis on the fundamental elements (earth, fire, water, wind, emptiness), and sacred sites that can be interpreted as empty spaces. Meanwhile her lifework is the study of high school photographic activities, and she is an active supporter of high school photography throughout Japan.

Member of Japan Professional Photographers Society; Director, Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography; Member of Photographic Society of Japan

Selected Exhibitions

2018 :
Light’s Edge, Shinjuku Photo Promenade, Nikon Plaza, Tokyo
2016 :
Living in the City, Portrait Gallery, Tokyo
2012 :
Scenes in Metamorphosis, Portrait Gallery, Tokyo
2003 :
Nagi, Artist Garden Photo Gallery, Tokyo

Selected Publications

2018 :
City of Kurara, in “My Works” (JPS Members 2016 Exhibition), Sirius - AIDEM
2015 :
Hell in a Bottle, Ajisai Exhibition, Olympus Gallery
2014 :
Kaze wo, DF Exhibition, Shinjuku Photo Promenade, Nikon Plaza
2011 :
ku: (Works by Sasai Yuko and Akimoto Kimiko)
2010 :
Kurenai (Works by Sasai Yuko and Akimoto Kimiko)
2009 :
Suikei (Works by Sasai Yuko and Akimoto Kimiko)
2009 :
“Impression Fossils”, “an unexpected sight - bottles”,“To the Bone” in the Bulletin of the Japan Society for Arts and History of Phtography

And more

Yuki Anabuki Profile

Born 1984 in Kagawa Prefecture. He is a graduate, former research associate, and current assistant professor of the Department of Photography, College of Art, Nihon University. He teaches photography basics, and classes themed on fresh perspectives in image processing, science photography and other areas, as well as classes connected with student projects. His lifework is shooting casual everyday scenes using shift lenses and blurring. Recently he has been using new digital photographic equipment and techniques to create works that blend expressive techniques from various fields of art.

Member of The Photographic Society of Japan and The Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 :
The Time is Spring, Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
2016 :
Solo Exhibition, Imai Kinpaku Gallery, Kanazawa
2015 :
Tokyo Snow, Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
2014 :
  • My Scape, Gallery K, Tokyo
  • About Memory, Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo
  • In the Unhurried Flow, Gallery K, Tokyo
  • Water Garden, Gallery K, Tokyo
2013 :
  • Botanical Portrait, Gallery K, Tokyo
  • Botanical Portrait, Art Imagine Gallery, Tokyo
  • Invisible, 315 Art Center, Seoul
2012 :
  • Beginning of the Journey, The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo
  • Solo Exhibition, Fine Art 21, Takamatsu
2011 :
Accessibility, The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo
2010 :
Sakura, Shinjuku Promenade Gallery, Tokyo

And more