Maruki opened his first studio in the Uchisaiwaicho district of Tokyo in 1880, and his business continued up until the early 1920s.
In 1888 he was asked to help in producing a new official photograph of the Emperor as the one then in use was ten years old.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography: 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (『日本写真家事典』 Nihon shashinka jiten).
- Notes on Maruki Riyō studio portrait of Ito Hirobumi at Old Japan website.
- Bennett, Terry. (2006). Photography in Japan 1853-1912. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8048-3633-3
- (in Japanese) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, editor. 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (『日本写真家事典』 Nihon shashinka jiten). Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000. ISBN 4-473-01750-8
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