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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, 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 February 2021)

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 activities as a creative director and film director. In 2010, he reestablished “dragged out studio” in Bakurocho as an alternative space. In 2021, the studio moved to the Kanda Port Building, where Ikeda also serves as creative director. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Japan and overseas. In addition to pursuing activities as the art unit “Ikeda Midori” with artist Midori Mitamura, he is a member of the Finland Sauna Club while also assuming various roles such as sauna spa professional manager, “Sharing Nature” instructor, waterplant landscaper, and ambassador for Kamifurano (town in Hokkaido). Major publications 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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