Koji Onaka

 

1960 Born in Fukuoka prefecture in Japan
   

1982 Graduated from Tokyo Photograph College (present name/Tokyo Visual Arts).

         Participated in the Image shop CAMP
   

1988 Opened up the gallery [KAIDO] at Tokyo (It was managed untill 1992.).
   

2002 Participated in the gallery [photographers' gallery] at Tokyo. 
   

2007 Reopened up the gallery [KAIDO] at Tokyo until 2014

   

2015 [KAIDO Magazine] start a new photo magazine


2016 Gallery KAIDO reopenin Tokyo

 


Major solo exhibitions

 

2017 [Matatabi 2017 Spring] Gallery Kaido. Tokyo

 

2016 [Memento vivere- From the road] in)(between gallery .Paris

 

2016 [Lucky cat] Fondation A Stichting, Brussels

 

2015 [chromaAtic time Axis-detached] in)(between gallery .Paris

 

2015 [Lucky Trip Again] Solaris,Osaka
   

2015 [Umimachi] Zeit Foto Salon,Tokyo

   

2014 [twin boat]Visual art Gallery Osaka/Zen Foto Galley  

         

2014 [Lucky cat & Matatabi] Projektraum Fotografie  Dortmund Germany

 

2014 [The Dog in France] Le 29 Librairie Photographique Paris
   

2013 [My favorite 21] Zen photo gallery Roppongi,Tokyo
   

2012 [I'm full] Sorajuku,Tokyo/Athens,Osaka
   

2012 [Koji Onaka]CARRÉ AMELOT ,La Rochell.France
   

2010 [Tokyo Candy Box] LE PLAC'ART PHOTO, Paris
   

2010 [Horse & Cactus 2] EMON photo gallery, Tokyo
   

2009 [SEITAKA-AWADACHISO/NOGATA] Tanio Musium, Fukuoka
   

2008 [The Dog in France] Nadar,Osaka
   

2007 [Horse&Cactus- in Mexico] Emon photo gallery,Tokyo
   

2007 [DRAGONFLY] Chukyo University gallery C・Square
   

2006 [GARSSHOPPER] ZEIT FOTO SALON,Tokyo
   

2005 [Latvia,Spain] Visual Arts gallery,Tokyo
   

2003 [slow boat] photographers' gallery,Tokyo
   

2003 [MATATABI] ZEIT FOTO SALON,Tokyo
   

2002 [Tokyo1984-91/Reaview mirror part2 ] photographers' gallery,Tokyo
   

2001 [Tokyo Candy Box] PLACE M, Tokyo /Visual Arts,Tokyo/ Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo
   

1998 [Machikage] Studio EBIS Photo Gallery, Tokyo
   

1996 [DISTANCE] mole,Tokyo/BERG,Tokyo
   

1993 [Seitaka Awadachi-sou] Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo
   

1988-91 series [Seitaka Awadachi-sou] a total of 32 times, gallery KAIDO, Tokyo
   

1983 [Seitaka Awadachi-sou no aru machi] CAMP, Tokyo



Group exhibitions

 

2016 [Seven Japanese Rooms] Fondazion Cassa dI risparmio, La Spezia, Italy

 

2016 [Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now] SFMOMA,Sun Francisco,USA


2016 [Contemporary Japanese Photography] MOMA Tbilisi,Georgia

 

2014 [Umiachi1997] Kunsthause Essen Germany
   

2014 [CANALE GARNDE] KunstVereine Ruhr Germany
   

2011 [Sigeichi Nagano & Koji Onaka// Ce qui se défait ] PHOTO4, Paris France.   
  

2010 [Daegu Photo Biennale] Culture and Art Center, Daegu, Korea.
   

2010 [Landscape of Ashikaga] Ashikaga Art Museum,Tochigi.
   

2009 [Voayages] The Japan Foundation

             Paris  France/ Toluca Mexico/ Lisbon Portugal/ Tokyo
   

2009 [THE MANILA BOX] Kaida gallery Manila Phillipin
   

2007 [Japan Caught by Camera]Shanghai Musium China
   

2007 [RECENT ACQUISITIONS] Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
   

2005 [Takaramono-My precious:Photos and words five contenporary japanese photographers]     Yokohama citizens gallery,Yokohama
   

2002-3 [BLACK OUT/Contemporary Japanese Photography ]

            The Japan Foundation Roma/Paris/Tokyo
   

2002 [The18th Higasikawa Photofiesta] Higashikawa Culture Gallery,Hokkaido



Books and Zine

 

2016 [Black frame vertical possition] KAIDO BOOKS


2016 [OUTTAKES] KAIDO BOOKS

 

2015 [Seitaka-awadachiso 2nd edition] KAIDO BOOKS

 

2015 [NOGATA] KAIDO BOOKS

 

2014 [SHORT TRIP AGAIN] Matatabi Library

 

2014 [EXTRA HARD] Matatabi Library

 

2013 [Lucky cat] Matatabi Library

 

2013 [Horse & Cactus] White Press

 

2013 [My favorite 21] Zen Foto gallery

 

2013 [twin boat] session press

 

2012 [Umimachi・1997] Matatabi library

 

2012 [DISTANCE 2nd edition] Matatabi Library

 

2012 [Matatabi] Super Labo

 

2011 [Long time no see] Média immédiat

 

2011 [SHINJUKU] Super Labo

 

2011 [Tokyo'80s] Super Labo


2011 [Umimachi] Super Labo

 

2008 [1983 Nogata:Echoes of Coal and Steel] Grafica

 

2008 [The Dog in France] Sokyu-sha

 

2008 [slow boat 2nd edition]Schaden.com

 

2007 [DRAGONFLY] Tosei-sha

 

2006  Zine[1989・Summer to Osaka] Matatabi Library


2006 [GRASSHOPPER] Tosei-sha


2005  Zine[The Dog in France]  Matatabi Library


2005  Zine[KODOJI] Matatabi Library


2005 [in-between Latvia,Spain] EU-Japan fest Japan Committee


2003 [slow boat] Sokyu-sha

 

2001 [hysteric Five : Onaka Koji] hysteric glamour


2001 [Tokyo Candy Box] Wize Shuppan

 

1995 [DISTANCE] Mole

 

1991 [Seitaka-awadachiso] Sokyu-sha

 

 

Essay

  

2015 [The memories of younger days in Tokyo revision] KAIDO BOOKS

 

2012 [The memories of younger days in Tokyo] Matatabi Libray

 


Award

 

2006 The Photographic Society of Japan new photographer prize

 

2002 The18th Higasikawa new photographer prize

 

1992 The 4th Society of Photography prize  

 

 

Collection

 

Fondation A Stichting-Brussels

 

MOMA San Francisco, USA

 

Shanghai Museum, China
  

Carré Amelot- La Rochelle-France
  

Tokyo Metlopolitan Museum of photography
  

Higashikawa Culture Gallery-Hokkaido

 

 

 

I set up my first darkroom when I was 16 years old in my room at home and then I started to do film development and printing by myself.

 

In 1982, When I was 22 years old, after graduating from Tokyo Photography College,I participated in an independent gallery called "CAMP" that was founded by Daido Moriyama, I had my first exhibition at "CAMP" in 1983.

 

At that time,I took photos of my hometown for the exhibition because I had been away since I was 10 years old.

 

I had the feeling that I wanted to find my lost childhood memories there.

 

When I was 28 years old, I opened up a small space for my work that I named "Gallery Kaido" and I did a series of exhibitions titled "Seitaka-awadachiso" that were held 32 times over a period of 4 years.

 

When this exhibition series came to end, I made my first photo book.

 

Since then, I have travelled to a lot of rural Japanese towns and foreign countries. But even now, I think that I am still looking for traces of my own memories in every place I visit.

 

I haven't really changed that much, I'm still making all my own prints in my darkroom even now.

 

 

 

Koji Onaka