Tadayuki Naitoh Profile

Born in 1941 in Asakusa, Tokyo. After discovering jazz, he decided to become a photographer in order to capture the feeling and vibrations of jazz on film. He learned from the geniuses such as Miles Davis, who created his own original style of expression. method to photography, and he has been actively shooting live concerts and making many record jackets hand. As he was exposed to the authentic jazz scene, he was led to his roots in Africa, this great land In “ZEBRA”, she has presented her love, understanding and emotions for Africa in a collection of works including “Songs of Africa”. In “ZEBRA,” a series of journeys to Africa, he delicately and boldly expressed the motif of the zebra. is a collection of images ranging from straightforward color photographs to collage, solarization, and multiple screens. He freely uses even symmetrical abstraction to create “spiritual”, “modern” and “primitive He establishes a characteristic that runs consistently through his photographs: fusion. He has traveled globally to different cultures such as the equatorial countries, Alaska and the Himalayan region, and has made observations, fantasies and The vast body of work born from the repeated adventures of jazz photography has been published in photography books and magazines. Without stopping, he developed his work in a variety of ways, including video, sculpture and textiles.

Later, he pursued his own identity, as if to contrast such experiences and observations. She then pursued her own identity as if to contrast these experiences with her eyes. The fantastical world of cherry blossoms, which combines animism and mandalas, with the Japanese view of nature and decorativeness, is the result of her work on the theme of the kimono In the infinite depth of the “T-shaped 12-sided symmetry,” which is reminiscent of The result is “SAKURA-COSM” with its bewitching magic. The “Garden”, which expresses beauty in response to the changing nature of the four seasons, expresses the latent aesthetic DNA of the Japanese people. He received high acclaim for his ADC award-winning CD-ROM “Kyo no Niwa”.

Feeling the rhythm of the universe in a silent garden, she instinctively encountered the subject of “lotus” in the process of photographing it on film, and took it as a spiritual keyword for the 21st century.

His desire for new forms of expression continues, and he runs the photo unit “PM-X”, which is based on the concept of “synergy of sight and sound”, and is actively collaborating with various artists.

In 2005, he was selected as one of twelve photographers for the Modern Masters of Photography/Japan, a project of the Swaminathan Foundation (a foundation established by Dr. Swaminathan, acclaimed as the “Father of the Green Revolution”, to fundamentally solve poverty and hunger), and donated a “Blue Lotus” in support of their grassroots support activities.

© Tadayuki Naitoh

Modern Masters of Photography : Japan

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)


1970“Hino Terumasa no Sekai” Sankei Shimbun Publications
1977“NABESAN” Tairyusha
1980“Africa no Tabi” Self-published
1981“Chikyu Fuzoku Mandara” KOBE SHIMBUN JIGYOSHA – Winner of Mainichi Design Prize
1982“Africa no Uta” Shobunsha
1985Music Record&CD “TIMELESS” Sony
Music Record&CD “ZEBRA” MGA
1988“ZEBRA” Joho Center Publishing
1990“SAKURA-COSM” Fusosha Publishing
1992“Lasting Nostalgia: Essays Out of Africa” co-authored with Lyall Watson, Chikumashobo 
1993Video “No no Shima” Photohouse OM
1996CD-ROM “ZEBRA FANTASY” Heartland
1997Hi-Vision Direction “The SONG OF AFRICA” Sony
1998CD-ROM “Kyo no Niwa” Digitalogue – Sliver Award of The ADC Awards
“Uchiu no Katachi Nihon no Niwa” SEKAI BUNKA PUBLISHING
2000CD-ROM “Mandara Cosmology” Digitalogue – Sliver Award of The ADC Awards
2001Digital Vodeo “ZEBRA” – Exhibited at RESFEST2001 Digital Film Festival
2003“Iro wa Kotonoha” co-authored with Tamio Suenaga, GENTOSHA
2005“BLUE LOTUS” Hyogensha


ZEBRA SeriesTokyo Photographic Art Museum, KAWASAKI CITY MUSEUM
Sakuta SeriesTokyo Photographic Art Museum
othersin private collections