Asako Narahashi was born in Tokyo. She graduated in Fine Arts from Waseda University’s School of Letters, Art, and Science.
In the late 1980s, Narahashi took part in FotoSession workshops by Daido Moriyama. In 1989, she held her first solo exhibition Dawn in Spring. The following year, she opened the gallery 03FOTOS (1990–2001) as a place to present her own work. In 1997, she published her debut photobook NU E and in 2003 the book Funiculi Funicula, consisting of color snapshots. Around the year 2000, Narahashi began to take photographs of water. She later published them in the book half awake and half asleep in the water (2007) and continued to develop the theme in her series Ever After and Coming Closer and Getting Further Away. Following the huge critical success of half awake and half asleep in the water, Narahashi has continued to produce numerous photobooks and exhibited her work throughout the world in solo shows and themed exhibitions.

photographs ©Asako Narahashi


Born in Tokyo.
Graduated from Waseda University, majoring in art of the faculty of Literature.
Participated in FotoSession in school days.
After graduation, started on one-man shows, opened the foot gallery 03FOTOS.
Lives in Tokyo.


- Dawn in Spring, Osiris, Tokyo, 2023
- Gips, Osiris, Tokyo, 2018
- Coming Closer and Getting Further Away: 1985/2015 Vietnam, 03Fotos, Tokyo, 2016
- Biwako, Gallery Main, Kyoto + 03Fotos, Tokyo, 2015
- Ever After, Osiris, Tokyo, 2013
- seen when too far away, photographers’ gallery, Tokyo, 2012 (essay)
- Coming Closer and Getting Further Away, Osiris, Tokyo, 2009
- half awake and half asleep in the water, Nazraeli Press, Portland, OR, 2007
- Funiculi Funicula, Sokyu-sha, Tokyo, 2003
- NU-E, Sokyu-sha, Tokyo, 1997
- The magazine, La Main. (1996-2000, 10 issues. Edited and published by Asako Narahashi and Miyako Ishiuchi)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 - Drafting but Never Sinking, IG Photo Gallery, Tokyo
2018 - Herno /Asako Narahashi at Herno, Herno Aoyama, Tokyo (DESIGNART Tokyo 2018)
2017 - A Retrospective - Asako Narahashi, Ibasho, Antwerp
2017 - NU-E: New Selections from 1992–1997 Exhibitions @03FOTOS, Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
2016 - Coming Closer and Getting Further Away: 1985/2015 Vietnam, photographers’ gallery, Tokyo
2015 - Biwako, Gallery Main, Kyoto
2013 - Horikawa Horizon, C-Square, Chukyo University Art Gallery, Nagoya
2012 - In the Plural, Zeit Foto Salon, Tokyo
2012 - seen when too far away: Amsterdam, Kurohime, photographers’ gallery, Tokyo
2011 - Coming Closer and Getting Further Away, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam
2010 - Asako Narahashi, Ilan Engel Gallery, Paris
2009 - Getting Closer and Getting Further Away, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo
2009 - Getting Closer and Getting Further Away, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
2009 - half awake and half asleep in the water, GunGallery, Stockholm
2009 - funiculi funicula, Port Gallery T, Osaka
2008 - half awake and half asleep in the wate, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
2008 - half awake and half asleep in the water, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
2008 - another side, Kurenbo, Tokyo
2007 - half awake and half asleep in the water 06/07, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo
2006 - after funifuni, Gallery Tosei, Tokyo
2005 - half awake and half asleep in the water 04/05, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo
2004 - half awake and half asleep in the water, Lee Ka-sing Gallery, Toronto
2004 - half awake and half asleep in the water, BankART1929, Bashamichi Hall, Yokohama
2003 - funiculi funicula, photographers’ gallery, Tokyo
2002 - half awake and half asleep in the water, il tempo, Tokyo
2002 - Kabuki no kuni 02, photographers’ gallery, Tokyo
2001 - Recent Works, 03FOTOS, Tokyo
2001 - NU-E: Misterijas Dokumentalitate, Latvijas Fotogrāfijas Muzejs, Riga, Latvia
2000 - Kabuki no kuni, Studio Ebis Photo Gallery, Tokyo
1998 - NU-E, Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
1999 - NU-E: Selected in Tokyo, il tempo, Tokyo
1992 - NU-E, 03FOTOS, Tokyo (a series of 17 exhibitions of NU-E held until 1997)
1992 - Umarezuki no hiru to yoru [Day and Night of Birth Month],’ ASG Garanya, Nagoya, Japan
1990 - Mata yuku hito, 03FOTOS, Tokyo
1989 - Dwan in Spring, Gallery Kaidō, Tokyo (a series of 6 exhibitions of Dawn in Spring held in 1989)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 - Past and Present, Positions of Japanese Photography, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Goslar, Germany
2020 - Our Duty is to Experiment: 20 Years Galerie Priska Pasquer, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
2020 - Sleeping: Life with Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2018 - The amana Collection Exhibit 02: Asako Narahashi, Rika Noguchi, Tomoko Yoneda, IMA Gallery, Tokyo
2017 - Seize the Uncertain Day, Chinretsukan Gallery (Art Museum of the Tokyo University of the Arts), Tokyo
2016 - Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2016 - Festival Images Vevey, various places in the city, Vevey, Switzerland
2015 - Now and Then, Japanese Photography and Art, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
2015 - Mons 2015: Regards de femmes, Maison Folie – Espace des Possibles, Mons, France
2014 - Songs from the Heart, BredaPhoto, Breda, The Netherlands
2013 - Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee
2013 - A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco
2013 - Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Japan Society Gallery, New York
2013 - Two Years Later. Nature & Art, A Requiem, Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Japan
2012 - Zoet & Zout: Water en de Nederlanders [Sweet and Salt: Water and The Dutch], Kunsthal Rotterdam
2011 - Mizu no Oto [Sound of Water], Fotografia. Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome
2008 - Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan, International Center of Photography, New York
2007 - Japan Caught by Camera: Works from the Photographic Art in Japan, Shanghai Art Museum
2007 - Art of Water, The Museum of Modern Art Ibaraki, Ibaraki
2006 - Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2005 - ArteLanzarote 2005: The 3rd Encuentro Bienal 2005, MIAC Lanzarote, The Canary Islands
2004 - Yokohama Shashinkan, BankART1929, Yokohama
2003 - Imagine: Asako Narahashi and Kaihatsu Yoshiaki, Parthenon Tama, Tama City Cultural Foundation, Tokyo
2003 - Japan, Contemporary Ceramics and Photography: Tradition and Presence, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
2003 - Tama Vivant 2003, Tama Art University, Tokyo; Yaemon Gallery, Kyoto
2002 - Black Out: Contemporary Japanese Photography, Instituto Giapponese de Cultura in Roma, Roma
(traveled to Maison de la culture du Japon, Paris; The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo)
2002 - Photonesia: The Memory of Light, the Fruit of Time, Maejima Art Center, Naha, Japan
2001 - Kiss in the Dark: Contemporary Japanese Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (traveled to Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, Japan)
1999 - Tonpu: 8 Photographers in Japan, 051 Gallery, Busan, Korea
1998 - Photography Today: The Absence of Distance, National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1998 - A Look of Woman Photographer, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
1996 - main, 03FOTOS, Tokyo (a series of 5 exhibitions of main with Miyako Ishiuchi held until 2000.)
1995 - Aspects of Contemporary Photography: Another Reality, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki


2008 Higashikawa Domestic Photographer Award
2004 Prize of Society of Photography
1998 Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan


The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo), Houston Museum (Houston/USA), San Francisco Modern Museum of Art (San Francisco), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai/China), Hokkaido Higashikawa Town (Hokkaido/Japan), Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum (Okinawa/Japan) , Huis Marseille Museum for Photography(Amsterdam), Joy of Giving Something, BankART 1929

Books from Asako NARAHASHI




SignedSecond-hand Gips


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