Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1931. He began his career in photography with the highly controversial debut exhibition Man and His Land in 1956 and received a master’s degree in Art from Waseda University in 1959. Narahara also co-founded the VIVO cooperative alongside Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada and others in 1959 (the group dissolved in 1961). Basing himself in Paris (1962-1964) and later New York (1970-1974) he went on to photograph various locations throughout the globe. After returning to Japan in 1974 he continued pursuing international projects as well as putting on multiple exhibitions. Narahara has published numerous monographs and received critical acclaim both at home and abroad.
Exhibitions at PGI
|Japanesque Zen, 2015|
|Where Time Has Vanished 1970−1974, 1998|
|Eight Japanese Photographers, 1988|
|Human Land, 1987|