The Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama studied at the University of Tsukuba in the Faculty of Arts, but switched to photography after a photography course with Kiyoji Otsuji. This was followed by further studies in art and design, which he completed in 1980. In 1984 he completed postgraduate studies at Tsukuba University, Ibaraki. In 1983 he had his first solo exhibition in Tokyo, where he has lived ever since. In 1996 he participated in the Djerrasi Resident Artists Program in California, USA, as Resident Artist.
His photographs show severely damaged landscapes, tattered mountain slopes and endless urban deserts, never people. He does not complain, does not comment. The origin of his work is probably due to the fact that he moved from his native city in the rural structured north of Japan to study in Tokyo. In the Japanese capital there is a pressing narrowness, nature has no place. Green is used at best as a decorative element, artistically staged by man.
In 1996 Naoya Hatakeyama was awarded the Kimura Ihei Shashin-shō (Kimura Ihei Memorial Award of Photography), the most important recognition for artistic photography in Japan.