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Noritaka Minami


Noritaka Minami is a visual artist based in Chicago. Minami uses photography to examine spaces that exist as anachronisms in the landscape and are overlooked for their significances in understanding contemporary society. He received a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Santo Foundation, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Minami’s works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and Center for Photography at Woodstock. In 2015, Kehrer Verlag published his monograph titled 1972 – Nakagin Capsule Tower, which received the 2015 Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2022, he was commissioned by the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University to document the architectural works of John Andrews for its forthcoming publication Architect of Uncommon Sense. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago. He has also taught photography at Harvard University, Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine.


Mas observations 2021 sgn utility poles 01

Photo Essay

SGN: On the Utility Poles of Ho Chi Minh City

Essay and photographs by Noritaka Minami