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Kenji Ishikawa

FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition

December 1 – December 21, 2023 (The exhibition closes at 16:00 on the final day)




  • The full moon reflects seven percent of the light from the sun, and reaches the Earth at 1/465,000 of its intensity. These fantastic blue moonlight photos can only be taken within the three-day window of clear days before, on or after a full moons which occurs twelve times a year.
  • Since his 1990 photo collection “Moonlight Blue,” pioneer of moonlight photography Kenji Ishikawa has exclusively focused his work on “actually experiencing outer space on the Earth.” This exhibition features a special selection from his epic 2012 series “SPACE of SPIRIT,” captured on film over a seven-year journey through the world’s most unexplored locations.
  • The venue will feature special lighting and, as a form of background music, recordings of natural sounds of a full moon night that were taken where he was filming, giving visitors a sense of outer space on the Earth.

About the exhibition

FUJIFILM SQUARE is pleased to present “SPACE of SPIRIT SPECIAL SELECTION” which features selected works from photographer Kenji Ishikawa's 2012 photo collection “SPACE of SPIRIT,” which established his unique world of moonlight photography.

Since 1984, Ishikawa has worked on landscape moonlight photography relying only on the light of full moons. Following the release of his first photo collection “Moonlight Blue” in 1990, he has released a series of works that attempt to capture the world of fantastic moonlight on film.
In 2005 he began focusing on full moons in areas where he can capture earth-scale landscapes and skies filled with stars in his pursuit to “actually experience outer space on Earth.” Over the course of seven years, Ishikawa captured the primordially pristine Iguazu Falls, Monument Valley, Salar de Uyuni, Lake Mungo remains, Baobab trees that intimate their ancient origins, and the living flora and fauna fossils of the Galapagos on color reversal film, compiling these photographs into his 2012 photo collection “SPACE of SPIRIT.” This exhibition is scheduled to feature 15 of his hand-selected works from the group of works that were finished and exhibited in Fujichrome RP Print crystal, the finest silver photographic print at the time.
We hope visitors will take away a sense of “actually experiencing outer space on the Earth” from the non-earth-like moonlight photos, and be inspired to reflect on the beauty of our planet.

Profile of the Photographer

Kenji Ishikawa

Born in Ohori, Fukuoka Prefecture in 1945. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Photography in 1967.
Joined Light Publicity Co. Began working as a freelance photographer in 1976, working on many CFs and stills. In the fall of 1984, Ishikawa began working on moonlight photography, and his first photo collection, “Moonlight Blue” (1990 Shogakukan), became a major sensation. Subsequently released photo collections include “Kami No Orita Yoru / Shin Gekkouyoku” (Shueisha, 1993), “Dai Gekkouyoku” (Shogakukan, 1996), “Yakushima, Moonlight Blue” (Shinchosha, 2000), “Moonlight Blue Earth” (Shinchosha, 2001), “Moonlight Blue Kyoto" (Shinchosha, 2003), “SPACE of SPIRIT” (Shogakukan, 2012), and “BLUE PLANET” (Shogakukan, 2017).
His latest is “Moonlit Nights” (Shogakukan, 2023). DVD “Moonlight Shower” (Culture Publishers, 2006). He has also held numerous exhibitions nationwide.
In 2016, Ishikawa relocated to the Itoshima Peninsula in Fukuoka Prefecture. He is currently taking on the challenge of creating new moonlight photography.

Exhibition overview

Title FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition
Kenji Ishikawa
Dates December 1 (Fri) – December 21 (Thu), 2023
Time 10:00 - 19:00
(Until 16:00 on the final day. Entry allowed up to 10 minutes before closing.)
Open every day for the full duration of the exhibition.
Venue FUJIFILM Photo Salon Tokyo Space 3, FUJIFILM SQUARE
Admission Free

*This exhibition is being held as a corporate MECENAT activity. We are pleased to announce that admission is free to enable more people to attend.

Number of works 15 (Planned)
Organized by FUJIFILM Corporation

* This exhibition may be cancelled or rescheduled for unavoidable circumstances. Visit FUJIFILM SQUARE online or call for updates.

Fujifilm Photo Salon received the THIS IS MECENAT 2023 certificate by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts as an act of creating society through art and cultural promotion.