Born in Hyogo, Japan
2016 My Gunkanjima works was published in "Firenze Architettura". Fiernzee ITALIA
2012 Lecturer at Musashino Art University (Tokyo, Japan)
A series of "The portrait of the lamps" is begun to "Geijutsu Shinncho" (to 2014)
( "Geijutsu Shinncho" is Japanese Art magazine of monthly )"
2004 Superintended the workshop of a photograph (to 2011).
2002 NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) produced and
broadcasted a TV Program,
Hi-Vision Special "Visit the old Roman Cathoric church in Nagasaki
Photographer SAIGA yuji's world"
Lecturer at Tokyo College of Photography.
1994 NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) produced and broadcasted a
"The moonlight was lighting up the Gunkanjima" : History of Gunkanjima and residents in island -
20 years of Gunkanjima to followed in the photos of SAIGA yuji.
1989 Part-time Lecturer at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts.(to
1987 Started to photograph Tenshudo (Ecclesia : the old Roman Cathoric
in Nagasaki (untill 1984).
1984 Returned to Gunkanjima after 10 years . Started to photograph the
island continuing until now.
1981 Moved to Tokyo.
1976 Receved BA in Design, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts.
Worked as Photographer and Graphic designer while working at
Nagoya College of Creative Arts (untill 1979).
1974 Travelled to Gunkanjima for the first time. When the mines were
continued to photograph Gunkanjima until the inhabitants deserted
1973 Started to photograph the Kirishitan (Roman Cathorics) in Nagasaki
I devote myself to photograph.
1971 Entered Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts majoring in Design.
Self - studied photography during university years.
1964 Learned about Gunkanjima,12 years old.(Properly Hashima Island -
this name because the silhouette of the island resembled gunkan
1987 Most Excellent
Artist Award for Emerging Artist (for the book
Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island), by Japanese Government
1976 Kuwabara Prize for outstanding scholarship
SOLO EXHIBITION, TWO PERSON EXHIBITION
2016 "Japon TEXT ÎLE(S) : Gunkanjima, l'île fantôme" Musée-mine (Tarn, France)
two person exhibition
2002 Shijima, Gallery
1999 Borderland, Yokohama Port side Gallery
"Borderland" exhibited "GROUND" and "Tsuki
Brightness,Tenshudo (Ecclesia : the old Roman Cathoric church),
1993 Tsuki no Michi-Borderland, Photo Gallery International,Tokyo
Tsuki no Michi-Borderland, Nagasaki Shimbunsha Gallery,Nagasaki
1990 Tenshudo(Ecclesia), Photo Gallery International,Tokyo
Tenshudo(Ecclesia), Picture Photo Space,Osaka. and etc.
1986 Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island,Ginza Nikon Salon,Tokyo
Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island,Wakita Gallery,Nagoya
Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island,Nagasaki Shimbunsha
1984 Faraway Island, Shinjuku Nikon Salon,Tokyo
1979 Beyond the Tasman Sea, Wakita Gallerly,Nagoya. and etc.
1978 Kirishitan(Roman Cathorics in Japan), Wakita Gallerly,Nagoya
1977 Kirishitan(Roman Cathorics in Japan),Shinjuku Nikon Salon,Tokyo
Closing-Gunkanjima, Elba Bed Studio, welighnton,NewZealand
Closing-Gunkanjima, Auckland City Museum,NewZealand
Closing-Gunkanjima, National Festival of the Arts (by invitation).
Canterbury Society of Arts, Christchurch, NewZealand
Closing-Gunkanjima, Ginza Nikon Salon,Tokyo. and etc.
2013 "Aesthetics of the phtos - Five elements" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
2007-8 "Showa : Photos of 1945 -1989" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography,
and others (Traveling Exhibition)
2005 "Photos Nagasaki" Nagasaki-prefecture art museum
2004-5 "Shrinkng Cities" Berlin (Germany) and others (Traveling Exhibition).
"The landscape of the mind" Kure-city art museum, Kure (Hiroshima)
2001 History of Modern
Ginza Nikon Salon,Tokyo. Osaka Nikon Salon(2002)
Kou Isoda and 7 Artists, Hanshin Depatment Store, Osaka.
Art and Culture Center of Aichi Prefectur(2002)
1998 Waterproof,Culture Center of Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
1997 Land of Paradox, Traveling Exhibition in Japan:
Tonami City Museum of Art,Toyama
Ashiya City Museum of Art & History,Hyogo
Niigata City Art Museum,Niigata
Mitaka City Gallery of Art,Mitaka,Tokyo(1998)
Mr.Tohru Sunouchi and Japanese Modern Arts,
Traveling Exhibition in Japan:
Meguro Art Museum,Tokyo
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
Nariwa Museam ,Okayama
Ehime Prefectural Museam ,Ehime
1996 Land of Paradox, Traveling Exhibition in USA:
Photographic Resource Center,Boston,
Ansel Adams Center for Photography,San Francisco,
Southeast Museum of Photography,Datona Beach,Florida
Halsey Gallery,College of Charleston,South Carolina(1997)
The Chrysler Museum of Art,Norfolk,Virginia(1997)
1995 Texture and Touch:Contemporary Japanese Photography,
The Art Gallery of New South Wales,Sydney,Australia
The Eyes to Documents and Creation:
The History of Japanese Contemporary Photography,
Nabio Museum of Art,Osaka
Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Depatment Store,Tokyo
Objects,Faces,and Anti-Narratives:Rethinking Modernism,
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
1990 Masterpieces of Ocean Photography Exhibition,
Shimonoseki City Art Museum,Yamaguchi
1987 Japan Photographer's Society Exhibition (by invitation),
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art,Tokyo
Kyoto City Museum of Art,Kyoto
(Please refer to "My
2004 Tenshudo : Architectures filled in light, Tankohsha Publishing
2003 Gunkanjima : Awakening of a Dead Island, Tankohsha Publishing Co.,Ltd.,
2000 LUNA CORNEA 19, Joint work, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico
1997 Land of Paradox, Joint work by four photographers,
Tankohsha Publishing Co.,Ltd., Japan
1993 Tuki no Michi-Borderland, Shinchosha, Japan
1990 Tenshudo(Ecclesia), Shinchosha, Japan
Story of Tenshudo, Shinchosha, Japan
1986 Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island, Shinchosha, Japan
Museum of Photography
Japan Photographer's Society
Aichi Prefectural University of Arts
Kure Municipal Museum of Art
2016 Andrea Volrpe. "Yuji Saiga: the island of (neverland) foreverland" Firenze Architettura
2015 Gunkanjima "Nihon camera"
2003 Kagawa,Takashi. "Gunkanjima:
Awakening of a Dead Island" Geography, Jul.2003
Ohta,Seiichiro. "SAIGA Yuji who takes the world that heterogeneous
time flows through" Nishi-Nippon Shimbun (News Paper), May.
Imaizumi,Aiko. "Gunkanjima" Pen, Jun 1, No.107. TBS Britanica
Kuramoto,Shiro. "Gunkanjima: Awakening of a Dead Island"
Syukan Post May 2, Shogakukan
Takahashi,shinichi. "Gunkanjima" Syukan Kinyobi, Apr 18,
Kasahara,Michiko. "Strange things",Gunkanjima: Awakening
of a Dead Island.
Tankosha Publishing Co.,Ltd.
2001 Tanaka,Chotoku. "Gunkanjima" Masterpieces 59+1 of Japanese
2000 Gola,Patricia."Gunkanjima,1974 - 1994. Yuji Saiga"
LUNA CORNEA 19, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico
1999 Iizawa,Kohtaro."Thoughts on the Borderland : SAIGA yuji's Gunkanjima,"
LOOK JAPAN, May
Miyoshi,Masashi. "Ground Spirit of Gunkanjima," Geijutsu
Sugita,Atsushi. "Borderland : Island of sight" Exhibition
1998 Enari,Tsuneo. "Tuki no Michi-Borderland : Accumulated time
Fascination of Monochrome Photography,Shinchosha
1997 Annas, Teresa. "Photographers Capture the Contradictions of
The Virginia Pilot, March 30, USA
Dorsey, Catherine. " Paradox at the Chrysler," Port Folio
March 25, USA
Koplos, Janet. " Through a Japanese Viewfinder," Art in
March 14, USA
Murphy, James. "Contemporary Japanese Photography," Art
January - February, USA
Iizawa,Kohtaro."The Anatomy of Ruins in Photography," Haikyo-Taizen,Treville
1996 Bonetl, David."Artistic Reflections of Japan," San Francisco
April 26, USA
Baker, Kenneth. "Pointed Postcards From Modern Japan," San
April 20, USA
Fuku,Noriko." Land of Paradox" Exhibition Catalog
Grundberg, Andy. "Beyond Redemption : Notes on the New Landscape,"
1995 Menzies, Jackie. "Texture and Touch" LOOK, The Art Gallery
of New South Wales,
October 1995, Australia
Iizawa,Kohtaro."The Photographers and Their Times #13 - Yuji
Nishi-Nippon Shimbun (News Paper), June 30
1994 Kasahara,Michiko."A New Image in Photograph Collections,"
Japanese Book News,No.5, The Japan Foundation
Caputo,Kim Zone(editor). Blind Spot,Issue 3
1993 Yamagishi,Koko."Borderline to Deth," Asahi Camera,July
Kasahara,Michiko."Tsuki no Michi", Prints 21,June
"Tsuki no Michi-Sea,Moonlight,Gunkanjima,"Asahi Shimbun,April
1990 Akasegawa,Genpei."Gunkanjima:What is a Pafection?"
U no Me Taka no Me,December
Miyake,Riichi."Architectural Dreams and Ruins-Gunkanjima,"
Akiyama,Yuriko."Yuji Saiga Publishes 'Tenshudo,'"
The Sankei Shimbun(News Paper),May 5
Kuwabara,Kineo."Unusual Saiga's Eyes, Beautiful Image,"
1989 Tamada,Kenichiro & Suda,Issei."Photography Now-Ghastly
to Gunkanjima,A Ruined Island under the Moonlight,"Asahi Camera,May
1987 Iizawa,Kohtaro."The Image of Gunkanjima,"Wacoa,vol.7,June
Nishii,Kazuo."Five Best Books in 1986," Mizue,January
1986 Yamazaki,Koichi."Wonders of Scenery:Now,Landscape Photography
is Hot!",Popeye,vol.235,Novenber 19
Miyata,Akira."Yuji Saiga and His Exhibition : Gunkanjima-Views
an Abandoned Island,"Asahi Shimbun(News Paper),Novenber 11
Nishi,Kazuo."Objects Resusciate in Ruins,"The Sunday Mainichi,
Miki,Jun."Gunkanjima-Views of an Abandoned Island," Nikkor
Kuwabara,Kineo."New Generations Current of the Time," Rokkor,October
Matsuyama,Iwao."When Humen Beings Disappear,Objects Return to
Nakaoka,Yasuo."The Man-Yuji Saiga, He publishes Gunkanjima-Views
Abandoned Island,"Asahi Shimbun(News Paper),September 18
Iizawa,Kohtaro."Now,Archtectural Photographs are Interesting,"
1985 Yamanura,Masaaki."Faraway Island,"Nikkor Club,111 Early
1984 Taniguchi, Miyabi."Finished, to described the reviews while
1978 Tanaka,Masao." Exhibition in 1977," Asahi Camera,June
Watanabe,Tsutom."Exhibition : Kirishitan(Roman Cathorics in Japan),"
Asahi Camera, January
1977 Watanabe,Tsutom."Exhibition : Closing Gunkanjima,"Asahi
Sammers, John. "Life-affirming show," Christchurch star,
May 23, NewZealand
"Coal Camp images," THE PRESS, May 17, NewZealand