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 1997 Hara visited Seoul in Korea, nearby county in Asia, for the first time. He felt something like sense of nostalgia, and was impressed by enthusiasm of students and the vibrant city at the same time. He naturally became interested in photographing Korea someday in near future if the occasion arise. His wish was realized in 2000. He photographed Chongmyo in Seoul which was dedicated to King and Queen of Rhee Dynasty, then he made several visits to Korea to photograph “legacy of time” of Korea in a great change.
“Photographs of Korea” is the first series of photographs of Asia for Naohisa Hara. Around 40 selected gelatin silver prints are shown.
Born in Matsudo, 1946. Graduated from Nihon University, College of Art, Photography Department, 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: “Europe: Journey of a Lifetime” (Photo Gallery International 2003, “Venezia” (P.G.I. 2000), “Europe: Platinum Print Collection” (P.G.I. 1997)
Selected Group exhibitions: “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)