1973 · Japan
Influenced by the Japanese philosophical tradition of “wabi-sabi”, which can loosely be translated into the appreciation of the beauty in imperfection and ephemerality, photographer Miho Kajioka captures the ethereal in her minimalist works. Working with hand-finished silver gelatin prints, Kajioka’s passion and care are evident within her craft.
Born 1973, in Okayama, Japan Kajioka lived and studied in the United States and Canada; receiving degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995 and Concordia University in 1998. She returned to Japan and began work as a journalist until, inspired by the blooming of spring blossoms and the uncomplicated cycle of nature after the exceptional disaster of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, she turned to photography in earnest.
Since 2013, her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the world in the United States, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Colombia, and the United Kingdom. She was shortlisted for Arles, France’s LUMA Dummy Book Award in 2016 and was one of three finalists for the 2013 Portfolio Italia. In 2015 she was awarded the Visitor Award by Dusseldorf’s Photoweekend Portfolio Review and in 2017 her book A book, “And, where did the peacocks go?” was selected as one of 33 books in The Experts Selection at Kassel Photobook, Germany.