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Ikuo Nakamura Photo Exhibition
"Great Underwater Faces Expo"

FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition

June 14 – July 4, 2024 (The exhibition closes at 14:00 on the final day)




  • "Underwater Faces Expo" was a photo exhibition and photo book launched in 1987 to much acclaim by underwater photographer Ikuo Nakamura. He has continued to take photographs for over 30 years since then, with his work culminating now in his new, more powerful sequel.
  • With Nakamura's humorous comments accompanying each individual photo, this exhibition features photos that capture precious moments of sea creatures and expressions that bring a smile to our faces.
  • Please enjoy the paradise that sea creatures live in, which is rich in color and contains exquisite designs.

About the exhibition

The ocean is so close to us, and yet so far away. So much so that some even describe it as the "blue cosmos." Fascinated by the sea, Ikuo Nakamura, a leading underwater photographer, has been photographing the sea and its creatures for more than half a century since he taught himself underwater photography at the age of 19.
Stretching from shorelines just centimeters deep to vast open waters, the ocean in all its majesty and diversity reveals a unique paradise (society) inhabited by a rich variety of creatures sporting their vivid colors and exquisite designs. This exhibition, "Great Underwater Faces Expo," is a collection of photographs that capture this paradise and moments when creatures show us their rich and smile-inducing expressions and gestures with Nakamura's humorous comments accompanying each individual photo. Featuring photographs he has been taking in the 30-plus years following his highly acclaimed "Underwater Faces Expo" exhibition and photo book of 1987, his latest exhibition is as much a new work as it is a sequel.

"In addition to the faces of fishes, I also shoot underwater sceneries and drift ice formations, as well as corals, starfish, seaweed, and other ocean creatures that often escape our sight or we can easily overlook. When you spend a long time diving in the sea, the faces and shapes of fish and other creatures often inspire you with unexpected images. So when I come across these opportunities, I try not to disturb the impression I receive from the subject when I shoot," explains Nakamura.
Please enjoy the beauty of the overwhelming paradise that is the ocean at this "Great Expo" of ocean residents that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Profile of Photographer

[image]Ikuo Nakamura

Ikuo Nakamura

Nakamura was born in 1945 in Katakami City, Akita Prefecture. At the age of 19, he began teaching himself underwater photography at Cape Manazuru, Kanagawa Prefecture. After working for a filming production company, he became a freelancer at the age of 31. He first dived at the Tokyo Bay in 1977 and was impressed by the hardy creatures living in the sludge-filled waters. Since then, he has made fixed-point observations of Tokyo Bay his life's work. Building on his extensive experience in media reporting, he conveys the allure of the ocean and the lives of people with ties to it through a variety of media, including newspapers, television, radio, and lectures.

[image]Ikuo Nakamura photo book “Great Underwater Faces Expo” [image]Ikuo Nakamura photo book “Great Underwater Faces Expo”

Suggested price: 3,000 yen (plus tax)

Ikuo Nakamura photo book
"Great Underwater Faces Expo"
To be released during the exhibition

Exhibition overview

Title FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo Exhibition
Ikuo Nakamura Photo Exhibition "Great Underwater Faces Expo"
Dates June 14 (Fri) – July 4 (Thu), 2024
Time 10:00 – 19:00
(Until 14:00 on the final day. Entry allowed up to 10 minutes before closing.)
Open every day for the full duration of the exhibition.
Venue Spaces 1, 2 & Mini Gallery, Fujifilm Photo Salon Tokyo, 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 Color, about 100 photographs
Organized by FUJIFILM Corporation
Planning cooperation Crevis Inc.

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

Accompanying the photo exhibition

Photo exhibition commemorative talking event

Date July 1 (Mon), 2024, 18:30–20:00
Place Special venue, 2F, FUJIFILM SQUARE
Subject Creating the Great Underwater Faces Expo
Talker Ikuo Nakamura
Capacity 150
Admission Free
Registration required Register on our website or by phone (Scheduled to start at 10:00 on Monday, June 3. Details will be posted on the FUJIFILM SQUARE website in late May.)

* Photo exhibitions and events may be canceled or changed owing to unavoidable circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Gallery Talk

Dates Same hours on all six of the following dates.
[1] June 15 (Sat) [2] June 16 (Sun)[3] June 22 (Sat)
[4] June 23 (Sun)[5] June 29 (Sat)[6] June 30 (Sun)

From 14:00, about 30 min

Place Exhibition Hall, Fujifilm Photo Salon Tokyo
Talker Ikuo Nakamura
Capacity Not specified
Admission Free
Registration Not required

* Photo exhibitions and events may be canceled or changed owing to unavoidable circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.


~ History of Photography — more than 190 years ~

Not many museums focus on the historical evolution of the photographic arts and cameras like you will discover here. More than 190 years of history are recounted through exhibits of antique cameras and Fujifilm products, as well as periodic exhibitions of historically significant photos. You will revel at how photography has transitioned over the years.

Photo History Museum 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.