Hattori Bunsho+Ishikawa Ryuichi

In 2015, Hattori Bunsho, a survivalist mountain climber who travels with minimal equipment and hunts and fishes for food, went on a mountain climbing trip together with the photographer Ishikawa Ryuichi. Hattori published his experience of the trip in the books Emono Yama (“Prey Mountain”) (2016) and Emono Yama II (“Prey Mountain II”) (2019), and Ishikawa shared his perspective through the photo exhibition Camp (2016) and the photobook The Inside of Life (2021). For the Aichi Triennale 2022, Hattori and Ishikawa have once again teamed up and present new work based on a joint survival mountain climbing trip in southwest Hokkaido in 2021.

Hattori Bunsho

  • Born 1969 in Kanagawa.
  • Based in Kanagawa.

Hattori first embarked on serious mountain climbs during his student days at Tokyo Metropolitan University. In 1996, Hattori ascended the K2 in Nepal (8611m) and soon began to undertake trips that he labeled “survival mountain climbing.” He was the first person to climb Mt.Tsurugi in Japanʼs Northern Alps during winter. His 2016 publication Tundra Survival won the 5th Umesao Tadao Literary Prize for Mountain & Exploration, and his novel Musuko to Shuryo ni (“Hunting with my Son”) (2017) was shortlisted for the 31st Mishima Yukio Prize. Hattoriʼs recent publications include Survival Kazoku (“Survival Family”) (2020) and the essay collection You Are What You Read (2021).

  • Hattori Bunsho, Toppu River at the Masike mountain massif, Hokkaido, 2016
  • Photo: Masato Kameda

Ishikawa Ryuichi

  • Born 1984 in Okinawa, Japan.
  • Based in Okinawa, Japan.

Ishikawa Ryuichi encountered photography while studying at Okinawa International Universityʼs Department of Society and Regional Culture. In 2010, he apprenticed under photographer Yuzaki Tetsushi. In 2011, he participated in the Shomai Tomatsu Digital Photography Workshop. His work received an Honorable Mention at the 35th New Cosmos of Photography Award in 2012. In 2015, Ishikawa won the 40th Kimura Ihei Photography Award.

Recent exhibitions include Nissan Art Award 2017: Exhibition of New Works by Five Finalists, BankART Studio NYK (Kanagawa, Japan), Oh! Matsuri☆Goto Showa / Heisei Heroes and People in the Japanese Contemporary Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (2019; Japan) and Reborn Art Festival 2019 (Miyagi; Japan).

  • Ishikawa Ryuichi, Back and Tail of Pheasant, Hokkaido from “The Inside of Life”, 2018
  • Courtesy of the artist