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With exhaustive work over many decades, Naoya Hatakeyama (Japan, 1958) has described the transformation of limestone quarries into sophisticated cities. Although these landscapes transmit a great sense of stillness, there is a constant and unstoppable movement inside them. Hatakeyama thus offers a subtle meditation on mankind’s impact on nature, which we mold, dominate and ceaselessly consume.
The Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakayema studied at Kiyoji Otsuji and finished his training at the University of Tsukuba. Since then he has lived in Tokyo, a city that has provided the model and inspiration for his work, which focuses on the relationship between nature and the city. Hatakeyama’s photographs are found in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Osaka, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Yale University Art Gallery, Swiss Foundation for Photography, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.