Ikko NARAHARA

Born 1931 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Narahara graduated from the Faculty of Law at Chuo University, then completed a master’s degree in Art History at Waseda University. Inspired by the avant-garde movements of that time, he joined the group Jitsuzaisha, founded by Masuo Ikeda and Ay-O, in 1955. While still enrolled as a student, he held the solo exhibition “Human Land” at Matsushima Gallery, which almost instantly brought him to broader attention. Following this initial success, he began to focus on humans living under extreme circumstances with the photo series Domains. In 1959, together with Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada, Akira Sato, and Akira Tanno, Narahara became one of the co-founders of the short-lived photographic cooperative Vivo (dissolved 1961).

Narahara then moved to Europe and documented his journey in the photo book Europe: Where Time has Stopped. He won the Geijutsu Sensho Prize of the Agency of Cultural Affairs and the Mainichi Art Prize in 1968, and the Annual Award of the Photographic Society of Japan in 1986. Notable publications in this time include Where Time has Vanished (1975) and Venice: Nightscapes (1986). In 1996, Narahara was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. Retrospectives were held in 2002 at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), and in 2004 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 2005, he won the Prize for Distinguished Contributions of the Photographic Society of Japan.

 


From the series
Marcel Duchamp Large Glass: "MD-8"

1992 (printed later)
Lambda print
Image size: 28.8×41.7cm
Sheet size: 35.5×43.2cm

From the series
Marcel Duchamp Large Glass: "MD-11"

1992 (printed later)
Lambda print
Image size: 41.6×29.3cm
Sheet size: 43.2×35.5cm

From the series
Marcel Duchamp Large Glass: "MD-34"

1992 (printed later)
Lambda print
Image size: 29.3×41.6cm
Sheet size: 35.5×43.2cm

 


From the series
Marcel Duchamp Large Glass: "MD-50"

1992 (printed later)
Lambda print
Image size: 41.6×29.1cm
Sheet size: 43.2×35.5cm

From the series
Marcel Duchamp Large Glass: "MD-55"

1992 (printed later)
Lambda print
Image size: 41.6×27.4cm
Sheet size: 43.2×35.5cm

 


From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (1)"

1958 (printed 1998)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.6×31.3cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (2)"

1958 (printed 1984)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.8×31.5cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (3)"

1958 (printed 1998)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.7×37.8cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

 


From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (4)"

1958 (printed 1998)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.7×30.2cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (5)"

1958 (printed 1997)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 31.7×47.8cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm

From the series Domains: "Garden of Silence (6)"

1958 (printed 1996)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.9×31.1cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

 


From the series Domains: "Within the Walls (1)"

1958 (printed 1998)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 47.6×31.8cm
Sheet size: 50.8×40.6cm

From the series Domains: "Within the Walls (2)"

1958 (printed 1984)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 33.5×49.2cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm

From the series Domains: "Within the Walls (3)"

1958 (printed 1997)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 30.7×47.8cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm

 


From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Artificial Lake and Poolside, Utah"

1971 (printed 1975)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 33.0×48.0cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Two Santa Claus, New York"

1972 (printed 1975)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 32.9×49.3m
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Two Garbage Cans in an Indian Village, New Mexico"

1972 (printed 1975)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 26.5×39.8cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

 


From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Highway Telephone, New Mexico"

1972 (printed 1975)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 26.5×39.8cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Window Revealing a Rock Surface, and Rollercoaster, Colorado"

1972 (printed 1975)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 26.5×39.9cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Toilet"

1971 (printed 1995)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 31.8×47.7cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

 


From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Commune Window, Colorado"

1972 (printed 1977)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 26.6×34.4cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

From the series Where Time has Vanished: "Shooting, Utah"

1972 (printed 1997)
Gelatin silver print
Image size: 32.1×47.8cm
Sheet size: 40.6×50.8cm
Signed

 


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