Risaku Suzuki

„My belief is that contemporary photography should be based on conceptual ideas and should be directed to creation. In order to pursue this direction, needless to say, enthusiasm and strong will are required. If someone should think that an artistic expression is valid in taking pictures of one’s life such as girlfriends and families, it would be too idle an attitude. To bring out 'the power of photography' in any era or situation, a strong passion (based on the photographer’s mindset to structure concept) is essential."

Risaku Suzuki


About the artist


Born in 1963 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Risaku Suzuki currently lives and works in Tokyo.

The artist is known for his dedicated productions that capture scenes in Kumano, Wakayama Prefecture; one of Japan’s most holy places and also Suzuki’s hometown. One of Japan’s most prominent young photographers, Suzuki presents quintessential Japanese subjects - such as snowfall and cherry blossoms - in a manner that is at once timeless and refreshingly new.

Suzuki has held exhibitions worldwide and has received many prizes, including the Kimura Ihei Award, the most renowned award in the field of photography in Japan.

Education


1985

Tokyo College of Photography, Kanagawa, Japan


1987  
College of Photography Research Department, Tokyo, Japan


2006
Associate professor, Department of Inter Media Art, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan



Selected solo exhibitions


2016

„Mirror Portrait“ Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„Beyond the Realm of Time“ &co119, Paris, France

„Between the Sea and the Mountain“ Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris, Paris, France

„Stream of consciousness“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

„Water Mirror“ Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan

„Stream of consciousness“ Tanabe City Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan

„SAKURA“ Kumano Shimbun Gallery, Shingu, Wakayama, Japan


2015

„Water Mirror“ Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan

„Stream of consciousness“ Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„Stream of consciousness“ Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa / Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2014
„One day, in the wood“ Odate Kitaakita Arts Festival 2014, Akita, Japan


2013

„Peninsula“ Ku Ren Boh Chohouin Buddhist Temple Gallery, Tokyo, Japan           
„Cézanne à l’Atelier“ Koyonagi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2011
„The Words Burned“ Moriokashoten, Tokyo, Japan
„Yuki-Sakura
“ Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


2010
„Sakura“ Kimpusen-ji temple, Yoshino, Nara, Japan


2009 
„White“ Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan


2008

„Contact“ d-labo, Tokyo, Japan


2007
„Risaku Suzuki“ Yoshii Gallery, New York, United States
„Kumano, Yuki, Sakura“ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan


2006 
„Suzuki Risaku: kumano, yuki, sakura“ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
„Sakura“ Yoshii Gallery, New York, United States


2005  
„Between the Sea and the Mountain – Kumano“ Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan


2004
„Beyond the Realm of Time“ Nishimura Commemoration House, Nishimura Kinen Kan, Japan


2003
„Sakura“ Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan


2002 
„Looking at the Wind, Touching the Mountain“ Kura Kura Art Project, Ishikawa, Japan


2001  
„Looking at the Wind, Touching the Mountain“ Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan
„M.Sugawara“ epSite, Tokyo, Japan


2000
„Piles of Time“ Minolta Photo Space, Shinjuku, Osaka, Fukukoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Senda, Japan
„Saskia“ P.G.I. Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan


1997
„Izanami“ P.G.I Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan


1996
„15:10 Osorezan“ Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan


1994
„Torii“ Poraloid Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1993
„Double Life“ Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan


1992
„White Sands“ Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan


1991  
„Sun City“ Hirakwachobashi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1990  
„True Fiction“ Kichijoji Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan



Selected group exhibitions


2017

Risaku SUZUKI/Naoki ISHIKAWA Photo Exhibition in Shiretoko TOP END“, Shari-cho Community Center Yume Hall Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan
25th Anniversary Exhibition MIMOCA’s Collection: Artworks of All Kinds!“ Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame-shi, Kagawa, Japan
Seven Japanese Rooms – Fotografia contemporanea dal Giappone“ Fondazione Crispezia, La Spezia, Italy


2016

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now“ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, United States

Let it Snow“ Richrad Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Revalue Nippon Project: Hidetoshi Nakata’s Favorite Japanese KOGEI“ Panasonic Shiodome Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Genius loci – The Higashikawa Awards“, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan


2015

23°N / 35°N“  a collaborative exhibition by Faculty of Fine Arts / Graduate School of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Chinretsukan Gallery,The University Art Museum, Painting Building Art Space-Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
The 15th Photo City Sagamihara“ Sagamihara Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
Regards Croisés Japon-Provence/Phot’ Aix 2015“ Galerie Zola de la Cité du livre, Aix en Provence, France
The Photograph: What You See & What You Don’t #2“ Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

„Fontaine Obscure“ PHOT'AIX, Festival de Photographie – Regards Croisés, Aix–en–Provence, France


2014

„Photo-Secession Kyoto 'NIPPON'” Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan
„Rudolf Steiner Das Reich der Angeloi“ WATARI-UM, Tokyo, Japan
„Printemps de Haute Corrèze“ Meymac Art Center, Meymac, France

2013
„Finding divinity from a single tree or blade of grass“ Iwami Art Museum, Shimane, Japan
„Thermodynamics of the Sun“ Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi, Japan
„IMA, Dior 2013 SS Collection“ Dior Omotesando boutique, Tokyo, Japan

2012      
„The Angel of History: I Love Art 12 Photography“ WATARI-UM, Tokyo, Japan
„Photo-Secession Nagoya 'Photography plus Something'
“ Art Gallery C-Square, Chukyo University, Aichi, Japan
„Summer Show“ Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
„I love Art 12 Photography“ NADiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
„Paris Photo“ Paris, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


2011
„Yokohama Preview/BankARTLifeIIIShin Minatomura“ Shinko Pier, Kanagawa, Japan

2010
„Inaugural Exhibition“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
„Photo-Secession Tokyo“ NADiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
„Summer Loves“ Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
„Galatin Silver Session“ Axis Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
„School Road vol.1“ Happa, Tokyo / Ims, Fukuoka / Satellite, Okayama, Japan

2009
„Recently“ Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo, Japan
„Love Love Show“ Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan

2008
„Asian Dub Photography“ Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy
„Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan“ ICP - International Center of Photography, New York, United States
„Lu Lu Lu Landscape: How I see the world around me“ Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
„Heavy Light, Recent Photography and Video from Japan“ International Center of Photography, New York, United States
„Remembrances of Places Past“ Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2007  
„The Photograph: What You See & What You Don't“ Tokyo University of the Arts - Inter Media Art, Tokyo, Japan
„Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present“ Polish Artistic Photographer's Association; worldwide traveling exhibition, Warsaw, Poland

2006
„Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary“ Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
„Noda Hiroji + Risaku Suzuki Exhibition“ The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

2005
„Artists' Gardens Botanical Recollections“ Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
„Come Ciliegi in Flore“ Museo del Risorgimento Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

2004 
„Gallery Naruyama Collection“ Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo, Japan
„At W vol.1 - Beyond the Realm of Time“ The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

2003 
„Positionen japanischer Fotografie“ Camera Austria, Graz, Austria
„Keep in Touch“ Camera Austria-Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria
„The History of Japanese Photography 1854-2000“ The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States
„Photography Today 2- (sáit) site/sight“ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

2002 
„Serendipity: Multimedia Artists from Japan and Korea“ The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne, Germany
„Photography Today 2 - [s(a)it] site / sight
“ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
„On Landscape, Contemporary Japanese Photography
“ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2001   
„Art-ing Tokyo 2001: Space, Time, and Body Lived“ Saison Art Program Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
„Docomomo 20 in Kansai“ Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo, Japan

2000
„The 1st Korea Japan Photo-Biennale“ Japan Photo-Biennale, Seoul, South Korea
„Serendipity; Photography, video, experimental film and multimedia installation from Asia“
The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan
„Matrix of Photography“ Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan



Awards


2000

The Ihei Kimura Award


2006

The Higashikawa Prize, The Domestic Photographer Prize

The Wakayama Prefecture Culture Award


2008
The Photographic Society of Japan Award, Annual Award


2015

The 15th Photo City Sagamihara, Professional Division Grand Prize



Collection


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of PhotographyAomori Museum of Art

Kawasaki City Museum

The Japan Foundation

Princeton University Art Museum , United States

The Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston, United States

International Center of Photography, United States

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, United States