Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City; raised in Tokyo, Japan and returned to Houston, Texas at the age of 15. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the University of Houston. His photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Nakagawa received the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship to support his project in Okinawa and 2010 Higashikawa Photo-Festival A New Photographer Award in Japan. Nakagawa lives in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he is an associate professor of photography at the Henry Radford Hope School of Art, Indiana University.