The photographs in high contrast black and white are recognizably from the tradition of Japanese photography. Nakafuji's predecessor Moriyama made a brutal vision of a feral frontier land in “Hokkaido” while wrestling with his personal demons in the 1970s. In contrast, Nakafujis photographs of Hokkaido seem to me hopeful and expansive. It is in his photographs of the megalopolis of Tokyo that Nakafujis work reveals alienation. In “Sakuan, Matapaan” the roads, the railways, the sea, the streets of the towns lead to another place, where the search continues for attachment, for that elusive love.

Sakuan: Summer coming
Matapaan: Winter coming

Book Size
182 x 257 mm
52 pages each book
38 photos (Matapaan)
38 photos (Sakuan) reproductions
Softcover, 2 books in a box
Publication Date
English, Japanese
Limited Edition

Artist Profile


Born in 1970, Tokyo, Japan. Photographer.

Drop-out, Waseda University Literature Department.

Graduated in Photography from Tokyo Visual Arts.

Produced several monochrome photograph books from travels in Japan, Eastern Europe, Russia and Cuba.

Active as photographer and as owner of Gallery Niepce in Yotsuya, Tokyo.

Gallery Exhibitions