OSPKYOTO 39: Capturing Concepts: A Photographic Exploration of the Origins of Kanji (2 Units)
Naoyuki Ogino grew up in Tokyo and in Mexico, where he lived as a child. He graduated with a degree in physics from Nagoya University, but wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer while working for Japan’s largest advertisement agency. In 2006 he left the agency to focus full-time on his career as an independent photographer. In the same year, he received the Grand Prix of the Japan Photographer’s Union. Since 1998 he has held several solo exhibitions in Mexico, the U.S., Taiwan and other countries. In 2008, Ogino published the photo book ‘A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice’, in which a rare glimpse into the life of a modern-day geisha is given through intimate photographs of Komomo, a geiko in training. In 2010/2011 Ogino created the series ‘Womb of the Myth’ on the demise of movie studios in Japan. In 2014 he was appointed Principle Photographer of the Kyoto International Photographic Festival, one of the fastest growing and most groundbreaking photographic festivals in Japan. Ogino's latest series 'Shimmer of Vanir' was created during his residency in Norway in 2017 and pays tribute to the Nordic god 'Vanir', with ephemeral images befitting the Scandinavian atmosphere created with his handmade lens. He has taught on the Stanford Kyoto Program since 2017.