Osamu James Nakagawa


Guggenheim Fellow (2009)
Indiana University Bloomington
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
Department of Art, Architecture, and Design


Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City, raised in Tokyo, and returned to Texas when he was 15. He received his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas Houston in 1986 and a M.F.A. from the University of Houston in 1993. He then joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of Photography at Indiana University Bloomington.

Nakagawa's photography has been published, reviewed and exhibited internationally. He has permanent collections on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, among others. His one-person shows include Course: Banta SEPIA International Inc. in New York City, Osamu James Nakagawa Ma-between the past McMurtrey Gallery in Houston, TX; Kai: Osamu James Nakagawa SEPIA International Inc. and Mado Houston Center for Photography. Selected group shows include Traces and Omens in 2005, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Contemporary American Photography, 7 International Fototage 2005, Mannheim, Germany; Common Ground, Corcoran Museum of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; Cuenca, Ecuador Bienal '98: Borderline Figuration; Medialogue-Photography in Contemporary Japanese Art '98, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and Field of Vision: Five Gulf Coast Photographers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Nakagawa has been published and reviewed in Art It, Art News, New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Time Magazine, Village Voice, Aperture, Metamorphoses, Edition Stemml, Waterproof, Enfoco, Nueva Luz, and many, many others.

Nakagawa has received many grants and fellowships, including from the Japan Foundation, The Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, The Light Work, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Co., Houston Center for Photography, The American Photography Institute in NYC, and Cultural Arts of Houston/Harris County.