Osamu James Nakagawa

Osamu James Nakagawa

Area Coordinator, Photography

Ruth N. Halls Distinguished Professor

Director, Center for Integrative Photographic Studies

  • onakagaw@indiana.edu
  • Fine Arts Building 420
  • Office Hours
    By Appointment Only


  • M.F.A., University of Houston


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, Mado: '89-'99, at the Houston Center for Photography. The selected group shows includes 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; 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; Cultural Arts of Houston/Harris County. His work is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, 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. His work can be seen at the Digital Imaging Forum web site: www.art.uh.edu/dif. He is represented by SEPIA International Inc. in New York City and McMurtrey Gallery in Houston.