Naoko Tamura


Photographer, born in Tokushima Prefecture, now based in Kyoto.

Starting with her first solo exhibition “Anywhere Out of the World” (Gallery Ississ, Kyoto) in 1998, Tamura’s work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Japan and overseas – including the abstract color images of “Touchante avec les yeux” and “doublon, doublure” (Galerie Ombres Blanches, France), and other work primarily in the medium of photography but also performance and film installation, including solo exhibition “La Forêt de Sologne” centering on her time at La Borde psychiatric clinic in France (Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto 2010), and the solo exhibition “Thaümata” (Taka Ishii Gallery, Paris 2015) which followed her stay at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2014. Other projects have included opening sequence stills for an NHK educational art program, arts theater posters, portrait photography, book design for literature and philosophy publications and more, as well as many art collaborations with French filmmakers and musicians. She also heads up the art and film-based collective, Vutter Kohen.

Photography Collections (Publications)
“Voice” (SEIGENSHA 2004), “La Forêt de Sologne” (Igaku-Shoin 2012), “Attitude” (SEIGENSHA 2012), “Thaümata” (Taka Ishii Gallery Paris/Tokyo 2015). From 2016 she worked on a photographic record of restoration work on the study and tea house roofs of Shinju-an, a sub-temple of Kyoto’s Daitoku-ji Temple, which was published as “KOKERA” in November 2017.

Public collections
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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