Takehiko Nakafuji Photo Exhibition DOWN ON THE STREETNew York

The works in this exhibition are street snapshots taken in New York. Stieglitz, Abbott, Weezy, Klein... New York is a city where masterpieces have been taken by numerous photographers throughout the history of photography.

However, I feel that what was captured in the film is a symbol of a city beyond the real New York and that we can go through these photos to discover another world hidden behind them.

Respecting the works of great artists who came before me, I walked the streets in search of my own fantasy and pressed the shutter-release button as my body reacted to the people and unexpected sights I came across.

A faded poster of the Ramones hangs in a room at a cheap hotel on Bowery Street. The site of the legendary CBGB, a New York punk mecca, is just around the corner.
In the evening, the sounds of Harley-Davidsons from the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club blasts around the city, echoing through the city streets.

The period I shot these works included September 11. While the memorial ceremony was taking place, a strange cloud was rising over the point where the Twin Towers once stood and One World Trade Center now stands.

The lights of the years flowing in the city of New York echoed against each other like geological strata and gave me shivers. I would be happy if another world, hidden beyond the photos, stood realistically in this space.

Takehiko Nakafuji Profile

Born in Tokyo in 1970. Graduated from the Department of Photography, Tokyo Visual Arts. Runs Gallery Niepce in Yotsuya 3-chome, Tokyo while working as an artist. Has taken photographs in Eastern Europe, Russia, Cuba, Paris, New York and other parts of the world, in addition to Japan. Continues to present his works, focusing on urban snapshots. Held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Awarded the 29th Higashikawa Award for Special Artist and the 24th Tadahiko Hayashi Award.

Collections are at:

  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and Shunan City Museum of Art and History

Selected Publications

Enter the mirror
Winterlicht (Winter Light)
Night Crawler
Sakuan, Matapaan - Hokkaido, Paris
street rambler
White Noise
Hong Kong 2019 (Hong Kong, China)
Paris 2011-2019

Solo Exhibitions

Night Crawler, Konica Plaza
Enter the mirror, Konica Plaza
Winterlicht (Winter Light), Konica Plaza
Bucuresti Days (Bucharest Days), Konica Plaza
Deep Habana, Konica Minolta Plaza
From Bulgaria, Konica Minolta Plaza
CАХАЛИН-Sakhalin, Konica Minolta Plaza
Hokkaido, Zen Foto Gallery, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery
Enter the mirror, Adrian Bondy, Paris
Street Rambler Paris, Konica Minolta Plaza
Street Rambler, Fujifilm Photo Salon Tokyo, Shunan City Museum of Art and History
Sous le ciel de Paris, Olympus Gallery
White Noise, Zen Foto Gallery
Street Rambler-Havana, Olympus Gallery
Tokyo en Couleur! (Tokyo in Color!) Le Plac' Art Photo, Paris
Hong Kong 2019, Zen Foto Gallery
Enter the mirror, Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City
Chaos Shibuya, OM System Gallery