Contemporary artist

Etsuko Kasagi


  • 1952年兵庫県尼崎市生まれ















2003  第26回キヤノン写真新世紀、奨励賞受賞

2007  第10回岡本太郎現代芸術賞、入選

2007  第29回姫路市芸術文化賞、芸術年度賞受賞

2007  第26回土門拳賞、「ふたつの時間ふたつの光」が最終選考に残る

2020  第29回林忠彦賞受賞





2020.10.8-25 笠木絵津子「私の知らない母」大型プリント展 ―林忠彦賞受賞を記念してー(詳細はこちら

Contemporary artist

Living in Chiba City, Japan


Born in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan in 1952, moved to Himeji, her father’s hometown in 1960.

After completed master’s degree in physics at Nara Women’s University Graduate School in 1977 (specializing in theoretical particle physics), became assistant professor at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University.

In 1980 met photography, became freelance photographer after training at commercial studio in Osaka. Mainly photographed construction process of accelerator TRISTAN at National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK), currently High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. Presented in scientific magazine “Newton” and solo exhibition “TRISTAN” (Ginza Nikon Salon).

In 1989 went to the United States and in 1992 completed master’s degree in studio art at New York University Graduate School (specializing in photography). Completion solo exhibition was photo installation using Japanese paper “The Third Sex was a Combination of Male and Female – Plato” (80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York).

After returned to Japan, started working as freelance contemporary artist. In 1994 produced and exhibited installation work “Dedicated to Lord Teika” in connection with supernova explosion at cavity underground of Super-Kamiokande, Kamioka Mine, Gifu Prefecture.

Since her mother’s death in 1998, has been devoted to production and exhibition of “My Mother, the Stranger” series. Traveled to Taiwan and former Manchuria, where her mother lived before war, and introduced old and new photographs into space-time in physics to create works. Many exhibitions at art galleries and museums in Japan and overseas, such as Embassy of Japan in Seoul in 2004 and Himeji Citizen’s Gallery, Hyogo Prefecture in 2006.

From around 2008, has continued to produce and exhibit her own space-time research series “Theory of Space-Time Photography”. At invited artists’ exhibition of Kobe Biennale 2009, exhibited installation “Space-Time Photograph RYUJOKO”.

Since Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, has continued to produce and exhibit “Love of Earth” series on the theme of relationship between her late father and her hometown Himeji. At Casablanca Biennale 2012, exhibited work “At My Home in Ruins”.

In 2019 published collection of works “My Mother, the Stranger” from Creo Co., Ltd., in 2020 received Tadahiko Hayashi Award.



2020  Received 29th Tadahiko Hayashi Award

2007  Nominated for 26th Domon Ken Award of Photography

2007  Received Annual Award in 29th Himeji City Fine Arts Award

2007  Selected for 10th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

2003  Received Encouragement Award in 26th New Cosmos of Photography by Canon


[Main Public Collections]

Shunan City Museum of Art and History, Yamaguchi Prefcture

Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo Prefecture

Hida City, Gifu Prefecture

High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba