Blast, Naoya Hatakeyama's photography

Naoya Hatakeyama Blast

Blast #5707, 1998

Blast #5416, 1998

Ciel Tombé #4511 / Paris underground, 2007

Ciel Tombé #7008 / Paris underground, 2007

Underground / River #7109, 1999

Underground / River #4910, 1999

Lime Works #38610, 1993

Lime Works #39616, 1994

River Series #4, 1993

River Series #7, 1993

Artist statement

Hatakeyama’s photographic works examine, in a serial manner, the city; its past, present and future. Experimenting formally, Hatakeyama utilises the vocabulary of photography to reflect, more generally, upon the relationship between humans and their environment.

Hatakeyama, a student of Kiyoji Otsuji. In addition to his participation in numerous solo and group exhibitions, Hatakeyama’s photographs are found in public collections including the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur; la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

About the photographer


1958, Iwate, Japan



Based in

Tokyo, Japan

About Naoya Hatakeyama

Naoya Hatakeyama studied at the School of Art and Design at the University of Tsukuba in 1981, and later completed post-graduate studies there in 1984. 

1997 Received the 22nd Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award

Solo exhibitions:

  • The City and its Origin, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, UK, 1994 
  • Naoya Hatakeyama, Iwate Prefectural Museum of Art, Morioka; National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2002 
  • Naoya Hatakeyama, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France, 2003 
  • Naoya Hatakeyama, Fundacion BBK, Bilbao, Spain
  • Artists Today XI: SUMI Wakiro/ HATAKEYAMA Naoya, HATAKEYAMA NAOYA Draftsman’s Pencil, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, 2007 

Group Shows:

  • Metamorph, The 9th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2004
  • Global Cities, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2007
  • Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan, International Center of Photography, New York, 2008