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Masanori Ikeda

The “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project” was started in 2012 and has been ongoing for 6 years. In this project by photographer Masanori Ikeda, “Kandakko” (Kanda residents) serve as models for portrait photo shoots. Continuing the photo shoots and since 2012 presenting them to the public, the models originally focused on “Kandakko”, have today expanded to include residents from across the greater Chiyoda City area, as portraits that capture the contemporary “Edokko” (Edo residents). These portraits taken in a variety of scenes are, needless to say, the essence of Edokko who subtly reveal their “Inase” (translated as “taste”). The photos are taken in contemporary Tokyo as their stage, but include families who have lived there for generations, as well as those who just moved in, and their inherited “Inase na Tokyo” (translated as “Tokyo taste”) that grows through spirit and comradery. For the Tokyo Biennale, the “Inase na Tokyo Photo Studio” will be set up within an elementary school of Chiyoda City. Ikeda will exhibit portraits taken up until recently, hold drawing and photo workshops, lead Tokyo tours among “Inase” groups of people, and use his portraits as a space for all kinds of people to connect.

(As of March 2020)

1: “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018 Inase na Tokyo” 2012, Yoshihiko Shimizu/Shuji Tabata/Shigeru Torii, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Kanda, Chiyoda City ©️Masanori Ikeda
2: “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018 Inase na Tokyo” 2012, Naoko Horii, Goto Inari Shrine, Ogawacho, Kanda, Chiyoda City ©️Masanori Ikeda


Masanori Ikeda (Photographer)

Began presenting work at “dragged out studio”, ran by Ikeda since 1999. In 2003, he began creating and presenting the portrait series, “Weekend Photo Studio”. Ikeda founded YUKAI co.,ltd. in 2006, and began serving as creative director and film director. The studio was moved to the Bakurocho area in 2010. An alternative space was attached, where he again started running “dragged out studio”. He participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Japan and overseas. He is also active with the artist Midori Mitamura under the art unit named “Ikeda Midori”. Ikeda is a member of the Finland Sauna Club, as well as and ambassador of Kamifurano (town in Hokkaido). Major written works include catalog “SAUNA” (Yukai Publishing), “Akarui butsu dori” (translation: “Taking bright still life photography”) (BNN, Inc.), and “INASE NA TOKYO” (commandN). He has exhibited work in “Masanori Ikeda Exhibition: SUN” (Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2017), “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018: INASE NA TOKYO” (3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Main Gallery, Tokyo, 2018), among others.

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