Mika Ninagawa at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Mika Ninagawa was born in 1972 in Tokyo. She graduated from the Graphic Design Department at Tama Art University in 1997. In 2001 she received the prestigious Ihei Kimura Photography Award. Mika is mainly doing advertising and fashion photography. Her work was included in group shows like “On Happiness – Contemporary Japanese Photography” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2003), “Keep in Touch. Positions in Japanese Photography” (Kunsthaus Graz, Austria) and she had solo exhibitions like “Liquid Dreams” (Parco Museum, Tokyo, 2003) and “mika over the rainbow” (Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo) which traveled in Japan in 2004.
Mika is one of my favorite Japanese photographers, working on the borderline between (J-)pop and art photography. The photo is from her book Liquid Dreams.