Osamu James Nakagawa

Professor of Photography

  • onakagaw@indiana.edu


Osamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City, raised in Tokyo, Japan, and returned to Houston, Texas, at the age of 15. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas Houston in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1993. Nakagawa’s work is shown internationally. The most recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition, Kai: Osamu James Nakagawa, during the International Fotofest 2000, and Mado: ’89-’99, at the Houston Center for Photography. The selected group shows include Cross-Cultural Voices II: Between Memories, Stephen Gang Gallery, New York; Cuenca, Ecuador Bienal ’98: Borderline Figuration; Medialogue-Photography in Contemporary Art ’98, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and Field of Vision: Five Gulf Coast Photographers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His work has been published in Aperture: Metamorphoses, Waterproof, Exploring Color Photography, and others. He has been teaching workshops at the International Center for Photography in NY since 1999. Nakagawa received grants and fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography; the American Photography Institute, Tisch School of Arts, New York City; and Cultural Arts of Houston/Harris County. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Kiyosato Museum of Photography, Japan; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; and the University of Houston. He is represented by McMurtrey Gallery in Houston.