BIOGRAPHY

Born 1936 in Tokyo. After learning photographic techniques at Nihon University College of Art, joined the photography department at Bungeishunju Ltd. He left the company in ’65 to work as a freelance photographer and cameraman for magazines, advertisements and TV commercials. His series of photos shot in New York between 1967 and ’68 has been named “New York Is” by his close friend, photographer Robert Frank. While adopting a documentary style, Ogawa portrays the streets of New York from a personal, subjective point of view, in a somewhat stylish fashion that explicitly suggests his unique aesthetic. After returning to Japan, Camera Mainichi magazine dedicated the first 41 pages of their September ’68 issue to the photographer who went on to win a Newcomer Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association in the same year. Collections of Ogawa’s works are being kept at George Eastman House (USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Kawasaki City Museum and Nihon University among others. He died in 2008.

 

Selected Exhibitions:
2009
NEW YORK IS as part of Another Country: Japanese Photographers See the World- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2008
Shiro Kuramata and Takayuki Ogawa- Yume no Katachi, Tokyo
2007
Orson Welles as part of Showa: Photography of 1945-1989- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2006
NEW YORK IS as part of Sound of the World- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2002
The Road Not Taken- FLYNNDOG, Burlington, VT
2001
Hour Glass of Memory- Polaroid Gallery, Tokyo
2000
Portrait of Silence- Galerie SOL, Tokyo
1999
Mesa of Soul-New Mexico- Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
1998
Beyond the Mirror: a Self Portrait- Houston Center for Photography
Beyond the Mirror: a Self Portrait as part of Love’s Body-Rethinking Naked and Nude in Photography- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
1988
Eight Japanese Photographers- Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
1987
Orson Welles- Seed Hall
1979
Crash- Tokyo Designers Space
1975
Just Friends- Tokyo Designers Space
1969
NEW YORK IS- George Eastman House in Rochester, New York
Julius- Nikon Salon, Tokyo
1968
NEW YORK IS- Nikon Salon, Tokyo