Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to host “Hong Kong 1995-1997” photography exhibition by Michio Yamauchi, the Domon Ken Award winner of 2016. This exhibition features 24 selected monochrome works from the reprinted new edition photobook “Hong Kong 1995-1997” published by Shashasha in 2015.

I visited Hong Kong a couple of times between 1995 and 1997, 2 years after I had photographed Shanghai. I wanted to see Hong Kong right before Britain would return it to China...I walked Hong Kong freely in a relaxed manner. Out of the moments that kept overwhelming me, I photographed what my body reacted to. By shooting something, I might have tried to understand reality, nature and a part of myself that was a part of them, all of which I cannot explain in words. I enjoyed photographing objects and stimulating my body.

ーMichio Yamauchi

Related Exhibitions
「DHAKA」- Photography Exhibition by The 35th Domon Ken Award Winner Michio Yamauchi 2016.4.27 - 5.10 Ginza Nikon Salon
2016.5.19 - 6.1 Osaka Nikon Salon

Artist Profile


Michio Yamauchi was born in 1950 in Aichi Prefecture. He graduated from the Second Literary Department (no longer extant) of Waseda University. In 1980, he started night school at the Tokyo School of Photography (currently Tokyo Visual Arts School). In 1982, he graduated from the Tokyo School of Photography and took part in an independent gallery known as Image Shop CAMP, and began showing photographs in photography magazines and independent galleries. Since 1992, he has shot not only in Tokyo, but also in other major Asian cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dhaka. His solo exhibitions include “Tokyo 1983.2.-1986.2.,” Olympus Gallery (Tokyo, 1986); “TOKYO, Tokyo,” Ginza Nikon Salon (Tokyo, 2002); “CALCUTTA,” Konica Minolta Photo Plaza (Tokyo, 2004); “Tokyo 2009.12.,” Third District Gallery (Tokyo, 2010); “Hong Kong 1995-1997,” ZEN FOTO GALLERY (Tokyo, 2016). His publications include Hito-e (Place M, 1992); Stadt (Sokyusha, 1992); TOKYO 2005-2007 (Sokyusha, 2008); Keelung (grafica, 2010). He is the recipient of the 20th Tadahiko Hayashi Award (for “Keelung,” 2011) and the 35th Domon Ken Award (for “Dhaka 2,” fiscal 2015). His photographs are included in the collections of The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo and Shunan City Museum of Art and History, Yamaguchi.

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