Naoki Ishikawa (1977- ) is a photographer whose field is the entire world.
He trekked from the North Pole to the South Pole at the age of 22, and successfully climbed the Seven Summits, the highest mountains of every continent, at 23. He crisscrosses the globe, photographing what he sees.
His unique style of photography, which incorporates an anthropological and ethnological perspective, is garnering attention as art that provides a new perspective on everyday life and the world.
Naoki Ishikawa was born in Tokyo in 1977. He received his Ph.D. in art from Tokyo University of the Arts. He won the Newcomer's Award from the Photographic Society of Japan and the Kodansha Publication Culture Award for Photography for NEW DIMENSION (AKAAKA Art Publishing) and POLAR (Little More), and the Domon Ken Award for CORONA (Seidosha). His numerous published books include The Last Adventurer (Shueisha), for which he received the Kaiko Takeshi Nonfiction Award.
A fresh perspective on Earth
Ishikawa has shown a consistent fascination with the technology and wisdom for living that has been passed down since ancient times throughout the world and in the natural networks that have developed over time and cannot be delimited solely by boundaries such as national borders.
His wide-ranging quests on foot and by visual observation can be described as both cultural-anthropological field work and an unending journey in pursuit of art, a term that derives from the Latin for skill or technique.
Visitors can experience the new world map presented by Ishikawa by walking through the exhibition as if taking a journey around the world, using as guideposts the photos from his expeditions to the Poles and to K2, which is considered one of the world’s most insurmountable peaks.
The connections and cultures of the regions, depicted free of geopolitical divisions, provide us an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on this planet we call home.