Tenmei KANOH


Born 1942 in Aichi. Studied under Toichi Ogawa and Takashi Kijima after graduating from Nagoya City Industrial Arts High School, and later went independent as a freelance photographer focusing on advertising in particular. Taking mainly charge of centerfolds for Heibon Punch magazine, he produced a series of nude photographs, and established his own unique style of ”photography as a tool for ripping up and objecting against the times.” After traveling to the USA to work on a New York special for Heibon Punch in 1969, he stayed in NY to sneak in and photograph orgy parties with models and hipsters of all races, and instantly gained fame with the ”FUCK” series that precisely reflected the mood in New York at the time. After that he expanded his field of activity to appearances in TV and cinema. He published Monthly Tenmei in 1993, and the photo collection Kikuze in ’94, stirring up controversy with a string of radical nude photographs. He received several prizes including the Japan Advertising Artists Club Award, APA Award, Asahi Advertising Award, and Mainichi Advertising Award among others.

Exhibitions of Tenmei KANOH

Group Exhibition


3/28 - 5/27/2018
Gallery hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and 4.29-5.8

*Akio Nagasawa Gallery Ginza is temporary closed on Sunday, May 13th, 2018.

Simon Yotsuya + Eikoh Hosoe, Hajime Sawatari, Tenmei Kanoh

Eikoh HOSOE, Hajime SAWATARI, Tenmei KANOH

10/14 - 12/25/2016
Gallery hours:11:00-19:00
Closed on Monday,Tuesday

We’d like to inform you about the following change in our gallery hours.
【December 16th will be closed at 18 o'clock】 for for preparing Screening & talk event.
We appreciate your understanding.

AKIO NAGASAWA Inaugural Exhibition

Kou INOSE, Takayuki OGAWA, Tenmei KANOH, Takashi KIJIMA, Seiji KURATA, Eiichiro SAKATA, Hajime SAWATARI, Toshio SHIBATA, Issei SUDA, Masato SETO, Yoshihiro TATSUKI, Masatoshi NAITO, Sakiko NOMURA, Daido MORIYAMA, Eikoh HOSOE, Masayuki YOSHINAGA, Gozo YOSHIMASU, Kohei YOSHIYUKI, William KLEIN, Sarah MOON

11/5 - 11/30/2014
AKIO NAGASAWA Inaugural Exhibition
2014.11.5(Wed.) - 11.30(Sun.)
Gallery hours:11:00-19:00
Closed on Monday,Tuesday
*The Gallery will be open on Monday,November 24,as this day is a public holiday.

Publications of Tenmei KANOH



Tenmei KANOH