Takehito MIYATAKE, born in Osaka, Japan in 1966, has been trying to capture mysterious lights of landscape for 30 years in Japan. Lights created by volcano explosion, fireflies' subtle light of life are symbolizing Japanese specific mysterious culture and climate.

After Miyatake graduated Tokyo Polytechnic University where he majored vision optic at its Faculty of Photo Engineering photo Engineering in 1988, he entered photo processing equipment manufacturer, as a company photographer to test photo processing technology and to develop new product by 1994.

He was impressed the dynamic work of landscape photographer who met while he was in University, Yoshikazu Shirakawa. Miyatake started to shoot his nature photo by shooting in large format cameras during his tenure in the company. Nature of the Kii Peninsula, especially dynamic changing water figure was the first period of his work as nature photographer. 4 × 5 medium format camera enabled him to present Japanese beauty of water. The company he worked for located at Kii Peninsula. The vent was the grace for his experience.

He decided to return home town Tokushima in Shikoku Island. He realized that he should take real Japanese landscape scene in staying the place, and being with target years. He was fascinated by the beautiful and dynamic rivers in Shikoku.

In 2009, he encountered astonishing scene on eruption of active volcano, Sakura-jima. He was impressed with radical and almost violent brilliant color of eruption and thunder lights. Miyatake also started to take a video for the capture fire of volcano. His work with both digital video and still shots moves him from local photographer to globally known photographer as of Sakura-jima shots.

He is aggressively trying to shoot Japanese way of thinking towards life especially after March 11, 2011, East Japan earthquake. So many tragic natural calamities Japanese are experienced. Still they are willing to stay in this fragile country.

This radical instability shall create richness of pure spring water, subtle and beautiful creature of fireflies and many kinds of noctilucas in this nature.

Miyatake's lens is now shooting mystic rich nature through capturing lights in Japan.

Photo education carrier/Educational Carrier
1988 , Tokyo Polytechnic University engineering of photo engineering, graduated.

Photography work experience and Professional Carrier
1988 -1994 Noritz Steel machine co., Ltd.
1995 , Miyatake Photo Studio established in Tokushima city

The award-winning and Award
2014 , Nikkei National Geographic Photography Prize 2013 Grand Prix

Solo career and Solo Exhibitions
1993 Poem in the mountain| Wakayama City Gallery
1994 Category figure (Kii Peninsula)| Wakayama Marusho Department Store Gallery
1997 In Shikoku Saburo (seasons of the Yoshino river)| Tokushima Sogo Gallery
2001 Yoshino photo travelogue| Tokushima
2011 Sakurajima Volcano Pulse of the Earth | Canon Gallery Ginza Tokyo & Fukuoka
2011 Sakurajima Volcano Pulse of the Earth | Kagoshima
2011 Sakurajima Volcano Pulse of the Earth and volcanic science exhibition | Tokushima Prefectural Children's Science Museum
2013 Red fire of Sakura-jima |Tokushima City Library Gallery
2013 Takehito Miyatake Sakura-jima photos and video exhibition (within the World Volcanology
Conference 2013 ) | Kagoshima Prefecture Center
2014 Takehito Miyatake Photo Exhibition, Fire and Water | Tokushima Sogo Gallery

Publication history and Bibliography
1993 Four Seasons Kii (CLEO).
1997 Seiryu Yoshino River (CLEO)
2007 Shikoku Tropic (Gyosei), co-author
2012 Picture book, Red fire of Sakura-jima" (Fukuinkan).
2013 Sakurajima Volcano Pulse of the Earth(PIE International)

宮武 健仁


1988年 東京工芸大学工学部写真工学科卒業。

1988年〜1994年 ノーリツ鋼機株式会社入社。
1995年 「宮武写真工房」(徳島県)を設立

2014年 「日経ナショナル ジオグラフィック写真賞2013」 グランプリ

1993年 「山の詩」 和歌山市ギャラリー
1994年 「区分図 (私の見た紀伊半島)」 和歌山丸正百貨店ギャラリー
1997年 「四国三郎(清流・吉野川の四季)」 徳島そごうギャラリー
2001年 「吉野川写真紀行」 徳島かごや町商店街青空ギャラリー
2011年 「生きている大地『桜島』」 キヤノンギャラリー東京銀座&福岡
2011年 「生きている大地『桜島』」 鹿児島県桜島ビジターセンター
2011年 「生きている大地『桜島』と火山科学展」 徳島県立あすたむらんど こども科学館
2013年 「桜島の赤い火」 徳島市立図書館ギャラリー
2013年 「宮武健仁 桜島写真・動画展 (世界火山学会2013内)」 鹿児島県民交流センター
2014年 「宮武健仁写真展 火と水」 徳島そごうギャラリー

1993年 「四季紀伊」 (クレオ)
1997年 「清流吉野川」 (クレオ)
2007年 「四国回帰線」 (ぎょうせい)共著
2012年 絵本「桜島の赤い火」 (福音館書店)
2013年 「生きている大地『桜島』」 (パイインターナショナル)

鹿児島県立桜島ビジターセンター (鹿児島県庁)
鹿児島市 国民宿舎レインボー桜島 (鹿児島市役所)