A selection of images by this artist can be viewed here
After studying photography at the Shomei Tomatsu Photographic Workshop in Tokyo in her early twenties, Mao Ishikawa returned to her native Okinawa and focused on photographing the island and its people. In showing the true personality and character of her subjects, she seeks to express the strength of spirit that belies her somewhat soft and adaptable nature. Speaking about her first body of work, she has said "I can't separate myself from the photographs. The photographs are my reason for living, my passion." In addition to exhibiting her work, Mao frequently writes and lectures. She lives and works in Tomigusuku City, Okinawa.
Mao has published over ten books during her career including Atsuki Hibi ni Camp Hansen (Hot Days in Camp Hansen, 1982), Minatomachi Elegy (Port Town Elegy, 1990), Sachiko Nakada Ikko Monogatari (Sachiko Nakada's Theater Company, 1995) and Life in Philly (2010).
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