Naoki Ishikawa was born in Tokyo in 1977. He completed a doctoral program at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Possessing a strong interest in anthropology and ethnology, he creates works traveling every kind of environment from urban to remote areas. Ishikawa won the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan Awards and Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for Photography with NEW DIMENSION (AKAAKA Art publishing) and POLAR (Little More Co., Ltd.) in 2008; the Domon Ken Award with CORONA (Seidosha) in 2011; and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Photographic Society of Japan Awards with EVEREST (CCC Media House co., Ltd.) and MAREBITO (Shogakukan) in 2020. His books include The Last Adventurer (Shueisha), which won the Kaiko Takeshi Nonfiction Award.
His recent solo exhibitions include “JAPONÉSIA”, Japan House São Paulo, São Paulo (2020); the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba (2021). “Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet” Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki (2016); Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata (2017); Ichihara Lakeside Art Museum, Chiba (2017); Kochi Prefectural Art Museum, Kochi (2018); Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka (2018); Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (2019). A photography book under the same title was also published. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Yokohama Museum of Art, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. His latest works include MOMENTUM (Seidosha) and Okunoto Peninsula (Seidosha).