TAKESHI SHIKAMA was born and raised in Japan. He turned to photography in 2002 after a career in the field of design. He was drawn to forests as the subject for his large format camera. It was the “invisible world” hidden behind the “visible” that he worked to capture. His first photo collection was published in 2007 as Mori no Hida (Silent Respiration of Forests). This project launched him into a lifelong endeavor.
In 2008, he created a new series, Utsuroi (Evanescence), consisting of four parts: Forest, Field, Lotus, and Garden. In 2009, he added the fifth part, Landscape. The following year, in 2010, while working on the Evanescence series, he started working with handmade Japanese Gampi paper for his platinum palladium printing. The detail involved to create these prints; each requiring hand-coating the emulsion on the paper and contact printing the negative; reflects the intimacy and interaction that he feels towards his subject-matter.
In 2013, Shikama received the first Jon Schueler Schlarship Award and was an Artist-in-Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts (Isle of Skye, Scotland). He has exhibited in various museum exhibitions including the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA; Johannes Larsen Museet (Kerteminde, Denmark); and at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in A Coruna, Spain.
Shikama’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris); the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego; Museet for Fotokunst Brandts (Odense, Denmark); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art; Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University; Portland Art Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.