Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1960. Received B.F.A. in Photography from Osaka University of Arts in 1981. Sugawara worked for Mr. Osamu Hayasaki and then traveled to settle in France for examining photography and working as photographer. Since then, his solo exhibitions has been held widely. The film “Blue Fish”, which Sugawara worked as director of photography, was officially selected and screened in Berlin International Film Festival in 1996. The National Library of France obtained his works into its permanent collection in 2004. He joined the group exhibition “Made in The Shade” at Pace MacGill Gallery in New York with Robert Frank in 2005. And in the same year, he directed the opening of the animation, “Mushishi”. His working fields have been interdisciplinary beyond photography. In recent years, Sugawara pursues the wet collodion process to capture the dazzle of light and created new types of photography by integrating classic methods with latest digital technologies. Guest Professor of Photography Department, Osaka University of Arts since 2019.


Selected Solo Exhibition

2023 Hakkou, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2021 Today’s Sky, B Gallery, Tokyo
2019 In Paris, Ricoh Imaging Square Ginza, Shinjuku and Osaka
2019 Passage du Temps | Passage de la Lumière, MYD Gallery, Tokyo
2017 -Mederu-, with Kira Karacho in KYOTOGRAPHIE Leica Gallery, Kyoto
2016 SAKHALIN, FUJIFILM Gallery X, Tokyo
2014 Tsugaru, Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum, Hirosaki Aomori
2014 Road to the Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society Headquarters Lobby, Tokyo
2014 Road to the Red Cross, Red Brick Office (Former Hokkaido Government Office Building), Sapporo
2013 Daylight, Gallery 360°, Tokyo
2013 Blue, Toki-no-Wasuremono, Tokyo
2012 HANA・TSUBAKI, Entre Duex, Tokyo
2012 Tsugaru, Leica Ginza Gallery, Tokyo
2011 The Bright Forest, Trunk Gallery, Seoul
2011 Atarashiimichi, epSITE Gallery, Tokyo
2011 Correspondance, Time and Style, Tokyo
2010 The Museum of Photographic Arts obtained Sugawara’s works into its permanent collection.
2010 The Bright Forest, Sous Les Etoile, NewYork
2009 danca, RING CUBE Gallery, Tokyo
2008 Shundle Ghona: A Beautiful Village, Marubiru Bldg, Tokyo
2006 The Bright Forest, epSITE Gallery, Singapore
2005 Akaruitokoro 2005, Canon Gallery S, Tokyo
2003 Akaruitokoro, Tanaka Isson Memorial Museum, Amami, Kagoshima
1998 MOMENTS BLUES, Gallery21, Tokyo
1994 BLUE, Gallery DOT, Kyoto
1991 GAIA, Gallery MIN, Tokyo
1988 DIVA #1, Gallery DOT, Kyoto
1987 ICHIGO SUGAWARA: Original Print, PARCO Shibuya, Tokyo
1985 Momentos..(Correspondance), Gallery Wide, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibition

2013 Sakura, Bang Chang Koo,Tanakayagarou, Hirosaki Aomori
2011 Daylight, with Manabu Nakanishi, Bangarou, Osaka
2010 Tokyophoto 2010, RoppongiHills, Tokyo
2010 126 POLAROID, Yokohama Museum, Yokohama
2009 OCTAVE_01, Time and Style, Tokyo
2008 Esprit de Paris, Gallery21, Tokyo
2005 Made In The Shade, (along with Robert Frank, Harry Carahan and others) Pace/Macgill Gallery, NewYork
1999 All Japan VJ Live, Akasaka Blits, Tokyo
1996 Gaze & Perspective 3, MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Tokyo
1995 Morphe ’96, Aoyama area, Tokyo
1990 Three Photographer’s Exhibition, Shibuya – SEIBU, Tokyo
1989 SEPTEMBER 5, (along with M. Nakanishi, M. Nishimura, M. Yoshizawa and Y. Nagahara) HAUS UENO Gallery, Tokyo
1985 Six Photographer’s Exhibition, Osaka University of Arts, Osaka
1985 Comme je suis, Gallery DOT, Kyoto

Movie and others

2014 Mushishi-Next Story- (Animation), Opening Director
2005 Mushishi (Animation), Opening Director
1996 Blue Fish, Director of Photography (Screened at Berlin Cinema Festival in 1997 and at Euro Space, Tokyo in 1999)

Public Collection

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, U.S.A.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Hanmi Photograph Museum, Seoul, Korea
Gunma Prefectural Museum of History, Gunma, Japan

Selected Books

MAKINO (Hokuryukan)
Tsugaru (Kawaguchi Printing)
You love photography more (Impresse)
Daylight | Blue (WOW Inc)
Kamikochi <photobook> (Imperial Hotel)
TSUBAKI <photobook> (Klee Inc)
Today’s Sky (SB Creative)