Ariko Inaoka (b. 1975, Kyoto, Japan) moved to the United States at the age of 17 and gained a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in New York. After working as a photographer in New York and Tokyo, in 2011 while continuing her personal photography projects, she decided to take over her family business, her ancestral restaurant in Kyoto that has been running since 1465. Her first photo book SOL was published in 2008 by the Japanese house, Akaaka, and her second book Eagle and Raven is published in 2020. Her work has been published by various international media, including the BBC and The Guardian. She lives in Kyoto. She shoot film and make her prints in her darkroom.


1999 Graduated Parson School of Design BFA degree Photography department
1995 Graduated Fransisco Parker High School in San Diego

Solo exhibition

2018 Eagle and Raven, Revela-T, Spain 
2013 Eagle and Raven, KG plus Kyotography, Kyoto 
2011 OM, Target gallery, Tokyo
   OM, Slant gallery, Kanazawa
2009 SOL, Rocket gallery,Tokyo 
2008 SOL, TRAX gallery,Yamanashi
   SOL, Shin-bi gallery,Kyoto

Group exhibiton

2019 Parallel crossings (Duo show), Eagle and Raven, IBASHO gallery, Antwerp
2013 TRANSIT group exhibition at Cannon gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
2013 TRANSIT group exhibition at Fuji film gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
2013 Two-person show at Mitsukoshi Gallery, Taipei
2010 Artium, Fukuoka
2008 Art Court frontier, Art Court Gallery, Osaka
2005 Photography & Haiku Poems-Dedication of Flowers exhibition by women photographers,Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

Publications with interviews

   Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the moment by Aperture
   Family Photography Now from Thames & Hudson
   The Guardian
   Huffington Post
   The Independent
   Its Nice That
   Feature Shoot