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: 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: 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: 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: 77
    • Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Ikeda, + more
    • 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: 58
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Fuyuki Hattori

    Fuyuki Hattori is a renowned Japanese photographer.more

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    • 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: 78
    • Birthplace: Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan
    • Profession: Writer, Artist, Photographer
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