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Famous Photographers from Japan

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List of notable or famous photographers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top photographers born in Japan and even some popular photographers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese photographers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These photographers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known photographer from Japan is included when available.

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Tokugawa Yoshinobu to Hiroshi Sugimoto.

This historic photographers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese photographers of note?" and "Who are the most famous photographers from Japan?" These prominent photographers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese photographers.

Use this list of renowned Japanese photographers to discover some new photographers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (58 items)

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    Aya Kida

    Aya Kida is a renowned Japanese photographer.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Chihiro Minato

    Chihiro Minato is a Japanese photographer, filmmaker and art theorist. He is also Professor at the Tama Art University since 1995. Among his major curatorial works is the Japanese Pavilion at the Venezia Biennale in 2007.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Chizu Ono

    Chizu Ono is a Japanese photographer. Ono was born in Akita Prefecture. She studied interior design at Tama Geijutsu Gakuen, graduating in 1991 to work as a designer. She stayed in France from 1995 to '96, returning to work again as a designer but pursuing photography in her spare time. In 1997 her ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Akita Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Daidō Moriyama is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. Moriyama received the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography in New York.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Ikeda, Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Ei-Q was a renowned Japanese artist who worked in a variety of media, including photography and engraving.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1911-1960)
    • Birthplace: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Eiji Ina

    Eiji Ina is a Japanese photographer.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Fuyuki Hattori

    Fuyuki Hattori is a renowned Japanese photographer.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Genpei Akasegawa was a pseudonym of Japanese artist Katsuhiko Akasegawa. He used another pen name, Katsuhiko Otsuji, for literary works.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan
    • Profession: Writer, Artist, Photographer
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    George Masa

    George Masa, born Masahara Izuka, in Osaka, Japan, was a businessman and professional large format photographer.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1881-1933)
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Hanayo, born Hanayo Nakajima, is a Japanese musician and artist. She is known for her playful and subversive artwork, often deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Hanayo currently lives and works in Japan.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Artist, Photographer
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    Hiroh Kikai
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    Hiroh Kikai is a Japanese photographer best known within Japan for four series of monochrome photographs: scenes of buildings in and close to Tokyo, portraits of people in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, and rural and town life in India and Turkey. He has pursued each of these for over two decades, and each ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, East Asia, Asia, Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Hiromi Nagakura

    Hiromi Nagakura is a Japanese photographer. In 2005 Nagakura's book Zabitto ikka, ie o tateru won the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for a work of photography.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Hiromi Toshikawa, better known as Hiromix, is a Japanese photographer and artist.more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Suginami, Japan
    • Profession: Actor, Disc jockey, Artist, Photographer
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    Hiroshi Ono

    Hiroshi Ono is a Japanese photographer.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Hiroshi Sugimoto, born on February 23, 1948, is a Japanese photographer currently dividing his time between Tokyo, Japan and New York City, United States. His catalogue is made up of a number of series, each having a distinct theme and similar attributes.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Actor, Artist, Photographer
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    Hiroshi Yamazaki is a Japanese photographer whose works concentrate on the sun and the sea. Born in Nagano on 21 September 1946, Yamazaki studied at Nihon University but dropped out in 1968, starting out as a freelance cameraman a year later, working in both still photography and 16mm film. Yamazaki is ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Chūbu region, East Asia, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu, Asia, + more
    • Profession: Professor, Photographer
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    Kanemura Osamu

    Osamu Kanemura is a Japanese photographer.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Japan
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Kasai Hideki

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    • Age: age 49
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Katsu Naito

    Katsu Naito is a Japanese photographer. He presented his first international exhibition at Nepenthes in New York City on October 21, 2010. The exhibition documents the transvestite and transsexual street-walkers of New York’s Meatpacking District in the early 1990s. A book containing the photographs ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Katsue Kitasono
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    Katsue Kitasono was a renowned Japanese poet and photographer. He was born in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1902-1978)
    • Birthplace: Ise, Japan
    • Profession: Poet, Photographer
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