Mikiko Hara

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Mikiko Hara (原 美樹子, Hara Mikiko), born in Toyama in 1967,[1][2] is a Japanese photographer.

Hara graduated from Keio University in 1990, and then studied at the Tokyo College of Photography until 1996.[1][2][3]

Using a medium-format camera, Hara takes photographs of people she encounters outside, in the train, and so forth. She said "My shooting style is so-called snapshot, so I can say all of my photographs were taken by a mere accident, . . . They are the photographs of somewhere yet nowhere."[4]

Comparing her photography with that of Rinko Kawauchi, Ferdinand Brueggeman writes

Mikiko Hara's photography is poetic as well, but she has a different topic. She talks about distance and isolation of people in public spaces – especially of women.[5]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Is as It. Gallery le Deco (Shibuya, Tokyo), 1996.[1][2]
  • Agnus Dei. Ginza Nikon Salon (Ginza, Tokyo), 1998.[1][2]
  • Utsuro no seihō (うつろの製法). Shinjuku Konica Plaza (Shinjuku, Tokyo), 2001. The Third Gallery Aya (Osaka), 2001.[1][2][6]
  • Hatsugo no shūen (発語の周縁). Guardian Garden (Ginza, Tokyo), July 2004.[1][2][7]
  • Hysteric Thirteen publication exhibition. Place M (Shinjuku, Tokyo), August–September 2005.[1][2][8]
  • Humoresque. Appel (Kyōdō, Tokyo), 2006.[1][2]
  • Blind Letter. Cohen Amador Gallery (New York), 2007.[2][9]
  • Kumoma no atosaki (雲間のあとさき). Gallery Tosei (Nakano, Tokyo), May 2008.[10]
  • Blind Letter. Third District Gallery (Shinjuku, Tokyo), June 2010.[11]

Other exhibitions[edit]

  • Puraibētorūmu 2: Shin sekai no shashin hyōgen (プライベートルーム2 新世代の写真表現) = Private Room II: Photographs by a New Generation of Women in Japan. Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito (Mito, Ibaraki), April–June 1999.[1][2][12]
  • Japan: Keramik und Fotografie: Tradition und Gegenwart. Deichtorhallen (Hamburg), January–May 2003.[13]
  • Pingyao International Photography Festival (Pingyao, China), 2004.[1][2]
  • Nichijō kara no tabi (日常からの旅). Shinjuku Epsite (Shinjuku, Tokyo), November–December 2005. (in Japanese)[1][2][14]
  • Absolutely Private: Contemporary Photography, vol 4 = 私のいる場所 新進作家展vol.4 ゼロ年代の写真論. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Ebisu, Tokyo), March–April 2006.[1][2][15]
  • A Private History. Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen), September 2007 – January 2008.[1][2][16]
  • Sangyō toshi Kawasaki no ayumi 100-nen (産業都市・カワサキのあゆみ100年). Kawasaki City Museum (Kawasaki), 2007.[1][2][17][18]
  • Shashin no genzai, kako, mirai: Shōwa kara kyō made (写真の現在・過去・未来 昭和から今日まで). Yokohama Civic Art Gallery (Yokohama), December 2009.[1][19]
  • Shibui: Six Japanese Photographers 1920s–2000. Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles), April–June 2009.[20]
  • In Focus: Tokyo. J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California), August–December 2014.[21][22]




  1. ^ The publisher's page about These Are Days is here.
  2. ^ The publisher's page about Change is here.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q CV of Mikiko Hara, Third District Gallery. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p CV of Mikiko Hara, Tosei Gallery. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  3. ^ List of notable graduates, Tokyo College of Photography. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ Hirsch, Caroline (2014-10-16). "These are Mikiko Hara's days". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  5. ^ Ferdinand Brueggemann, "Mikiko Hara", Japan-photo.info, 18 October 2007. Accessed 1 March 2013.
  6. ^ Exhibition notice for Utsuro no seihō at Third Gallery Aya, Third Gallery Aya. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ Exhibition notice for Hatsugo no shūen, Recruit, 2004. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ Exhibition notice for the Hysteric Thirteen show, Place M. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  9. ^ List of past exhibitions, Amador Gallery. Accessed 1 March 2013.
  10. ^ Exhibition notice for Kumoma no atosaki, Gallery Tosei. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  11. ^ Exhibition notice for Blind Letter, Third District Gallery. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  12. ^ Exhibition notice for Private Room II, Art Tower Mito. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  13. ^ Exhibition notice for Japan: Keramik und Fotografie. Art-in.de. (in German) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  14. ^ Exhibition notices for 2005, Epsite. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  15. ^ Exhibition notice for Absolutely Private, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Accessed 1 March 2013.
  16. ^ Exhibition notice for A Private History, Fotografisk Center. Accessed 1 March 2013.
  17. ^ 飯田克志, 産業都市・川崎の100年の変遷紹介 岡本太郎の作品やポスター、写真など240点, Tokyo Shinbun, 2 September 2007. (in Japanese) Reproduced here (Japan Press Network). Accessed 1 March 2013.
  18. ^ 産業都市・カワサキのあゆみ100年 進化しつづけるモノつくりの街, Internet Museum. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  19. ^ Exhibition notice for Shashin no genzai, kako, mirai, Yokohama Photo Triangle. (in Japanese) Accessed 1 March 2013.
  20. ^ Exhibition notice for Shibui, Stephen Cohen Gallery. Accessed 1 March 2013.
  21. ^ Exhibition notice for In Focus: Tokyo, J. Paul Getty Museum. Accessed 9 September 2015.
  22. ^ Hirsch, Caroline (16 October 2014). "These Are Mikiko Hara’s Days". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  23. ^ Entry in the BnF OPAC. (in French) Accessed 1 March 2013.

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