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ONO, Tadashi

Tadashi OnoBorn in 1960 in Tokyo.

Lives and works in Paris and Kyoto.


Tadashi Ono is a graduate of the École Nationale Superieure de la Photographie in Arles. Since 2011, he has been directing the new photography/contemporary art section at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. His photographic work seeks to question architecture, the environment and history. The artificiality of landscapes shaped by human beings and the balance of power between urban peripheries and urban centres are a few of the subjects that flow through his series.

His photographic works have been exhibited at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other places. In 2006, he realised the photographic archive of Cyclop, Jean Tinguely’s major work, for the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.

Since 2007, he has undertaken various photographic research projects in South-East Asia and, in the role of exhibition curator for this region, he participated in Photoquai 2009, the Musée du Quai Branly’s biennale. He is currently working on the transformation of the landscape in Tohoku, the region devastated by the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.


Tadashi Ono presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012: Du 247E au 341E jour, Tohoku at the Grande Halle.