NAKAMURA Masaya 中村 正也 (1926.3.29-2001.6.6) Yokohama. Photographer of women, best known for nudes.

Education Studied photography at Tokyo Fine Arts High School and photochemistry at Chiba University.

Career Served in the Japanese Army, 1942-46.

Later became a press photographer for Yomiuri Shimbun for 6 months, then worked as a photographer for movie magazine publisher Eiga Sekaisha while working under HAYATA Yuji.

Turned freelance in 1952. Portraiture, fashion, and women were his main subjects, mainly for magazines such as Chuo Koron and Fujin Gaho. Best known as a glamour photographer from 1956.

Member of the exclusive glamour photographers' group called Gynee Gruppe. Operated Masaya Studio in Shinjuku, Tokyo, 1958-64 and in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo in 1966. Elected president of the Japan Advertising Photographers' Association (APA) in 1979. (2001.7.24)

Awards News Photography Prize, Japan Photo Critics Association, 1957; Art Directors Club of New York 1966.