The Higashikawa Awards 2016

New Photographer Award

The 32nd Higashikawa Award Winners - New Photographer Award

Yoko Ikeda

Lives in Tokyo

For the photobook “Monkey Puzzle” (Nazraeli Press, 2015)

Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa in 1965. Graduated from the Research Department of Tokyo College of Photography in 1995.
 She continually strives to capture nonchalant images of everyday lives in the two-dimensional surface of photography with her unique view and composition. Her first photography book “Incoming Light” (Le Pont Rouge, France, 2015) was captured in Benelux in 2013. Shadows cast by the light shining through the trees; reflections of glass and water; remnants of pebbles on the pavement--these details show the exquisiteness of color and form found in reality. Her second book, “Monkey Puzzle” (Nazraeli Press, U.S.A, 2015) spans from 2006 to 2014 and contains photographs taken in places both in and outside of Japan, including Kyoto, Okayama, Tokyo, U.S.A., and the Netherlands. Her works feature various instances of nature interwoven with the artificial, flavored by her wit and humor.
 Recent solo exhibitions include “Sensation (Gallery Mestalla, Tokyo, 2015), “Monkey Puzzle (IBASHO, Antwerp, and gallery ART UNLIMITED, Tokyo, 2016). Group exhibitions include “Reflection (Place M&M2 gallery, Tokyo, 2013), “Secret Garden part 2”, (gallery ART UNLIMITED, Tokyo, 2015), “Regards de femmes, (Maison Foli, Mons, Belgium, 2015), “Contemporary Photography Asian Perspective (Lawrence Miller Gallery, New York, 2016). In 2013, She won the Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award (86th Annual International Competition: Photography, The Print Center, Philadelphia).

  • Kahoku Town, Yamagata Prefecture


  • Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture


  • Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture


  • Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture


  • Salem, MA USA


  • Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture


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