Naohisa Hara is known as a photographer capturing relations between cities and nature of Europe such as France, Italy, Spain, etc. He represents “legacy of time” of Europe based upon various historical background by his great photographing technique of 8×10 inches camera as well as breathtaking prints.
It was in 1989 that Hara visited Taiwan for the first time for his solo exhibition. Since then he often visited Taiwan, in and around Taipei. One day he had an opportunity to visit Anping where is the birthplace of Taiwan. He discovered visual interest in Anping and he really began to photograph Taiwan. He made photography trips around Taiwan from 2002 to 2007. Photographs by Hara in Tainan, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Keelung, Tamsui, etc., show his stance to photography capturing relations between cities and people.
All photographs are shot by 8×10 inches camera, and around 40 platinum prints are shown at the exhibition.
Born in Chiba Prefecture, 1946. Graduated from Nihon University, College of Art, Department of Photography, 1969. Finished program at Nihon University Art Institute, 1971. On Government Overseas Training Program for Artists One Year Internship, studied in France and Germany, 1976-77. Present: Professor, Nihon University. Selected One-person exhibitions: “Asia: Photographs of Korea” (Photo Gallery International <P.G.I.> 2005), “Europe: Journey of a Lifetime” (P.G.I. 2003), “Venezia” (P.G.I. 2000), “Europe: Platinum Print Collection” (P.G.I. 1997). Selected Group exhibitions: “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow 2008” [Exhibition, The Achievements of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs] (The National Art Center, Tokyo 2008), “Viva ITALIA” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography 2001), “Platinum Prints – The Allurement of Light” (Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts 2000), Internationale Fototage Herten (Herten, Germany 1999)