ISHIUCHI Miyako 石内 都 (1947.3.27- ) Gunma Pref. Woman photographer who grew up in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref. from 1953 to 1966.

Entered Tama Art Univ. but dropped out in 1970. Works include "Yokosuka Story," which was about the US Naval Base in that city, and "Sawaru Chromosome XY," a photo book on male anatomy, published in 1995.

Recently published "Yokosuka Again 1980-1990," a collection of photos of Yokosuka in the 1980s.

In 2005 at the Venice Art Biennale, featured solo photographer at the Japan Pavilion with an exhibition titled, "mother's 2000-2005--traces of the future." Photos of her deceased mother's personal belongings. (Biennale photos here)

Awards: Kimura Ihe'e Award 1979.

Mother's 2000-2005 Traces of the Future

Published: 2005-06-13 Publisher: Tankosha ISBN: 4473032574 Price in Japan: Y2,415 Qualities: B5, hard cover, 135 pp., color photos Language: Japanese and English

The last time a Japanese photographer held a solo show at the Venice Biennale's Japan Pavilion was in 1976 with Kishin Shinoyama. Almost 30 years later, we finally had a photographer as Japan's featured artist at the 2005 Venice Biennale. She is Miyako Ishiuchi. See photos of the exhibition here.

Her exhibition was titled: mother's 2000-2005--traces of the future. It was a series of 38 photos of her deceased mother's personal effects--clothing, lipstick, kimono, etc. The exhibition also included a few of her earlier works from Yokosuka Story, Apartment, and Endless Night.

This book is the official catalog of that exhibition in Venice, Italy.

Sawaru Chromosome XY - さわる―Chromosome XY

Reviewed on: May 5, 1999 Last modified: 2005-04-03 Closeups of various parts of the male body. Sawaru means "to touch."


Published: Oct. 30, 1995 Publisher: Shinchosha ISBN: 4106024160 Price in Japan: ¥1,835 Qualities: Soft cover, B/W photos Size: A5, 136 pp. Language: No text

Finally, something for the ladies. This book is by an award-winning female photographer from Yokosuka, Kanagawa. She photographed several men, both Japanese and non-Japanese, and young and middle-aged.

They include fellow photographers Hajime Sawatari and Masahisa Fukase. You see closeups of various parts like the nipple, buttocks, fingers, chest hair, pubic hair (but no genitals), etc. A lot of skin and texture in B/W.