In 2005, she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. In March 2014, she became the third Japanese photographer, following Hiroshi Hamaya and Hiroshi Sugimoto, to received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
Life and work
Ishiuchi was born March 27, 1947 in Nitta District, Gunma and raised in Yokosuka, Kanagawa. She graduated from Yokosuka City Public High school and was admitted to the design department at Tama Art University, where she specialized in textile dying and weaving. She left the department in her second year.
Ishiuchi began photographing with one of the most renowned generations in Japanese photography, which included such photographers as Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu. These photographers were dealing with postwar trauma while also exploring new directions in photography for the new, postwar era.
Ishiuchi has produced full collections of photography since the late 1970s. Her first photo series was a study of Yokosuka, Yokosuka Stories (1976-1977), documenting the city where she grew up. While working with them, Ishiuchi organized the all-women photography exhibition Hyakka Ryoran at the Shimizu Gallery in 1976. In 1979, she won the Kimura Ihei Award for her photoalbum APARTMENT and her photography exhibition Apaato.
Her work favors the oversize grainy prints and gritty subject matter that characterize the pictures of many photographers in the late 1960s and 1970s who preferred the are-bure, or grainy-blurry. She began to take close-ups of the bodies of the very old in the early 1990s. More recently, her photographs have addressed themes of skin, clothing, and time. In Hiroshima (2008), she photographed the clothes of victims from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In Frida: Love and Pain (2012), she was invited by the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City to photograph the Frida Kahlo's personal artifacts, including corsets, clothing, shoes, rings, combs and other accessories, makeup, and medicines.
- Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, October 2015 – February 2016. A retrospective.
- Grain and Shadow, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, December 2017 – March 2018. A retrospective.
- 1994: Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum, New York
- 2005: Venice Biennale
- 1979: Kimura Ihei Award
- 1999: Higashikawa Prize, Domestic Photographer Prize
- 1999: Society of Photographer Award
- 2006: The Photographic Society of Japan
- 2009: Mainichi Art Award
- 2013: Medal of Honor, Purple Ribbon
- 2014: Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography
Ishiuchi's work is held in the following public collections:
- (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
- Hasselblad Foundation official announcement
- Ten hot Biennale artists Published in the Daily Telegraph, UK, June 4, 2005. Accessed April 19, 2008.
- "Photography Review; Moments of Ravaging Time", New York Times, May 19, 2000. Accessed 6 August 2008.
- "Miyako Ishiuchi "Frida is"". Tokyo Art Beat. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
- "The Getty Museum". Getty Museum. Retrieved 2016-01-31.