Naoyuki Hata / Ayako Ishiba / So Mitsuya / Kazuma Obara / Miko Okada / Hayahisa Tomiyasu




Naoyuki HataNaoyuki Hata

©Naoyuki Hata

Ayako IshibaAyako Ishiba

©Ayako Ishiba

So MitsuyaSo Mitsuya


Kazuma ObaraKazuma Obara

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Miko OkadaMiko Okada

©Miko Okada

Hayahisa TomiyasuHayahisa Tomiyasu

©Hayahisa Tomiyasu


  • 2019.10.10 Due to the coming typhoon, we will close the gallery on Saturday 12th of October.
  • 2019.08.08 The official site is now open!


Since 2013, IMA Media Project has been organizing, the exhibition “LUMIX MEETS BEYOND2020 by Japanese Photographers”, a yearly special collaboration project with Panasonic/LUMIX, aiming to support young artists leading the contemporary photography world in Japan. This is our 7th year, and just like every previous year, we are organizing this exhibition in coordination with international photography festivals in Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Paris. This time, with the theme “Over to another parallel world”, we present to you the contemporary photography works, born within the diversity of the modern times.

The world keeps changing by the second and bears along, new problems and new values. We are in 2019, the future that seemed to have only existed in science-fiction is only a few steps away. The emerging artists called by the name of the Millennials are dashing through this age, tossed about in this world that evolves at a high speed, trying to frantically grapple with these changes.

This year IMA media project has once again, selected 6 emerging photographers to take part in this exhibition. Naoyuki Hata reinterprets the things that we are used to see daily, through a completely new perspective, as if using a special trick. Ayako Ishiba recreates a different non-existent space merely by tracing the contours of banal objects. So Mitsuya reconstructs a parallel world that hides within our ordinary lives and questions the properties of the things that we see. These three artists will be showing new works taken especially for this exhibition using the LUMIX S1R. Three other artsists, Kazuma Obara, Miko Okada and Hayahisa Tomiyasu will also join the show. In this time when our values become more and more diverse, these artists chose to face our history and are attempting to find new forms of expression in photography. The world they see is neither the preexisting reality nor fiction anymore, it is another parallel world. What would be the magic spell to open the doors to this new dimension? Why should we not try to find our own magic “Open Sesame” in photography?

Special Sponsorship: Panasonic


Naoyuki Hata

Born in Gifu, 1979. Awarded the The 4th"1_WALL"photography Competition Grand prize in 2011. Graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 2014. Among his solo exhibitions are "Pelletron new no.4" (Guardian Garden/ Tokyo, 2012) and “MEAT MAN “ (Beppu station market / Oita, 2018). He has also participated in group exhibitions such as the "UNSEEN Photo Festival" (Amsterdam, 2014) and "Genjitsu Exhibition 1 ~ on going” (Beppu/Oita, 2019).

Ayako Ishiba

Born in Hyogo, in 1991. Studied printmaking at Kyoto Saga University of Arts and attended her Masters in Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts in oil painting/printmaking. Some of her solo exhibitions include, "Pop-up Dimension" in 2018 at Kodama Gallery. She also participated to a few group exhibitions such as "Shashin Teki Aimai" at Kanazawa Art Gummi in 2018, "VOCA 2019" at The Ueno Royal Museum in 2019. She will also be part of the "Aichi Triennial 2019", which will start on the 1st August 2019.

So Mitsuya

Born in 1990 in Kyoto. Major solo exhibitions include “Untitled Photographs”, OFF Gallery, Tokyo in 2015. He participated in many group exhibitions including “DER GREIF A Process 2.0”, Festival Center, Krakow in 2016. In 2018, he won the Japan Photo Award 2018, selected by the curator and writer Charlotte Cotton and David Toro of the curators' group DIS. In 2019, he participated in the Kyotographie’s satellite event, KG+.

Kazuma Obara

Born in 1985 in Iwate. Graduated from his masters course in Photojournalism from University of the Arts London. In 2012, he published the book, “Reset” from Lars Müller Publishers (Switzerland) which covered the workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant through their interviews and portraits. In 2014, his book about the lives of the children who suffered through the Second World War, “silent histories”, came out from Editorial RM and was nominated in the US magazine TIME as one of the best photography books. From 2015, he worked on his series “Exposure”, which focused on the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This project has earned the first prize at the World Press Photo 2015 in the People category. In 2018, “Exposure” was published from Editorial RM. He is now woking on his project, “The Shape of War” with the support of the Japanese embassy in Netherlands. He has been participating to international photography festivals as well as organizing workshops worldwide.

Miko Okada

Born in Iwate, in 1993. Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute in 2014. Received the Kawaba New-Nature photo award in the art photography department in 2015. Selected by Kohei Nawa for Nonio Art Wave Award in 2019. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Hayahisa Tomiyasu

Born in Kanagawa in 1982. Hayahisa Tomiyasu graduated from the Photography Department of Tokyo Polytechnic University in 2006. He earned his diploma in 2013, and postgraduate “Meisterschüler” in 2016 from the Satellite Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. After working as a part-time assistant for an evening photography course at the Academy, he started working as an assistant lecturer in the Art and Media Department at the Zurich University of the Arts. He has been exhibiting worldwide, especially in Germany and Switzerland. He was honored with MACK First Book Award last year and recently published his monograph, TTP.

In recent years, an increasing number of Japanese photographers have gone on to receive high acclaim and intrigue in the international fine-art photography market, while their works have been acquired for the permanent collections of major art institutions such as MoMA and Pompidou Center. While the wave of new talent from Japan continues to swell, IMA magazine has been hosting the exhibition series since 2013, with the special support from Panasonic Corporation / LUMIX, to support and foster the new and emerging generation of young photographers who will be the future leaders of Japanese fine-art photography. Welcomed with praise and success every year with venues in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo, this year marks the hosting of our seventh exhibition. Looking back at the past seven years, it is remarkable that so many of the photographers who have exhibited works at the exhibition series are gaining recognition worldwide.

Yoshinori Mizutani, who participated in 2013 and 2014, has hosted numerous solo shows in major cities including Antwerp, London, Paris and Beijing, while taking part in international photography fairs and festivals such as “La Gacilly” in France. Additionally this year, Mizutani has been nominated as a finalist for the “Meijburg Art Commission 2017,” hosted by Unseen Amsterdam.

Daisuke Yokota, a participant in the 2014 show, can be safely described as one of the most noteworthy young Japanese photographers of today. Winner of the world-recognized Foam Paul Huf Award 2016 and more, Yokota has become one of the rising stars of the international photography scene.

Satoshi Fujiwara, who participated in 2015, received a request from an opera house located in Berlin in 2016, where he took the helm on the visual-related aspects of their advertising campaign -— leading to his works being displayed across various locales within the city. Fujiwara is currently hosting a solo exhibition at the “Osservatorio,” in Milan, Italy — a space managed by the Fondazione Prada and dedicated to photography and visual-language.

Hideyuki Ishibashi, a participant in our 2017 show, will be participating at a group exhibition held at Le Fresnoy and curated by the Palais de Tokyo in autumn of 2017.

Fumi Ishino, who participated in 2016, plans to publish a photo-collection entitled “Rowing a Tetrapod” in autumn of 2017 through London-based publisher MACK.

Kanako Azuma, who participated in 2016, plans to take part in the “7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art” in autumn of 2017.

Much to our delight, each of these artists from this exhibition series has become internationally recognized and sought after for their work.

Aside from publishing IMA Magazine, a fine-art photography magazine, the IMA Media Project also undertakes the direction of IMA ONLINE and organizes exhibitions and seminars linked with the contents contained within, centering its activities around the theme of “LIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY” and other fine-art photography contents.

In the midst of photography and photographic practices being reshaped by globalization, one of our missions is to provide opportunities for young and emerging photographers both within Japan and abroad. We are dedicated to find and help further cultivate the talent of outstanding young artists by way of our annual portfolio review, “STEP OUT!”. Through this endeavor, this year too we take pride and pleasure in continuing to introduce Japan’s freshest prospective photography talents to the international world of photography.

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DATE: 6-23 November, 2019
It will be held as part of Photo Saint-Germain.
Sunday and Monday are closed.
OPEN: 11:00-19:00
TEL: +33 -1-4326-9973
PLACE: Galerie Nicolas Deman
12 rue Jacques Callot,
75006 Paris, France
DATE: 5 November, 2019
OPEN: 16:00-21:00

Open Gallery Night
DATE: 8 November, 2019
OPEN: 19:00-21:00


DATE: 14 October-4 October, 2019
OPEN: 11:00-19:00
TEL: +81(0)3-3740-0303(IMA gallery)
PLACE: IMA gallery
2-2-43 T33 Bldg. 1F Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 1400002 - Japan
DATE: 4 October, 2019
OPEN: 19:00〜21:00

Gallery Talk by the artists
DATE: 5 October, 2019
OPEN: 14:00-


DATE: 20-22 September, 2019
It will be held as part of Unseen Amsterdam.
OPEN: Friday: 11:00-21:00
Saturday: 11:00-22:00
Sunday: 11:00-17:00
PLACE: Gashouder
Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, 1014 DD,
Talk Event
DATE: 20 September, 2019
OPEN: 17:00-18:00
Moderator: Shinji Otani,Naoyuki Hata, Ayako Ishiba, So Mitsuya, Kazuma Obara, Miko Okada
Photographers:Naoyuki Hata / Ayako Ishiba / So Mitsuya / Kazuma Obara / Miko Okada / Hayahisa Tomiyasu
Presented by amana inc. / IMA Media Project
Special Sponsored by Panasonic / LUMIX
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