Sayuri Ichida

November 2023

Sayuri Ichida is a UK-based Japanese artist who works in photography. Ichida’s practice focuses on themes of self-identity, reflecting on her own memory and life experience. In her photographs, she explores the complexities of emotional states by portraying the human form and sculptural objects. After graduating from Tokyo Visual Arts College in 2006, she began her career in commercial photography, first in Tokyo and later in New York City. In 2016, she decided to shift her focus to art photography, which eventually led her to the University of Westminster, where she completed an MA in Photography Arts in 2021. She won the Japan Photo Award in 2016 and received the main prize honorable mention for the 2021 PhMuseum Women Photographers Grant. Her solo exhibition was recently on view at PhMuseum Lab in Bologna. CHANEL commissioned her for an exhibition at the IMA gallery in Tokyo in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions at Asama International Photo Festival (2019), Photo Saint Germain  (2018), TODAY is—Next generations of DAIDO MORIYAMA (sponsored by Sony, 2019), and Unseen Amsterdam (2018). Her recent exhibitions include IBASHO Gallery, InCadaqués Photography Festival, and Unseen Amsterdam. Her first self-published artist book, Absentee (2021) now has a second edition co-published by the M editions and IBASHO gallery (2022). Publications reviewing her work include 1000 Words Magazine, Fisheye Magazine,  IMA Magazine, LFI Magazine, Numero Tokyo, The Journal of The Royal Photographic Society, The New York Times, and The Paris Review.