1952 Born in Osaka
1967 Family moved to Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
1969 Met Takuma Nakahira, a notable photographer also living in Zushi at that time.
1974 Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography.
While working as an assistant to Takuma Nakahira, Nakagawa came into close contact with other influential people including philosopher Koji Taki, photographer Daido Moriyama and photographer Yutaka Takanashi through PROVOKE, a coterie magazine.
Took charge of the Urban section of Asahi Journal.
1976 Traveled through Europe and the Middle East to deepen his knowledge of cities, architecture and art.
Since then, Mr. Nakagawa has taken cities, architecture, culture and human life as the main focus of his life time work. He has traveled in Japan and also through numerous countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, presenting his photography and essays in the form of photography collection books, exhibitions and magazines.
|1975||SHINJUKU: The Phenomenal City (photography section of MOMA,NY)|
|1978||From Post War Black Markets to Redevelopment (Minolta Photo Space, Tokyo)|
|1985||Shanghai Stories (Ginza Nikon Salon)|
|1988||Shanghai Stories 2 (Shinjuku Nikon Salon)|
|1989||Shanghai, a Gregarious City (Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo)|
|1994||Alexandria: To a City of Mirrors (Ginza Nikon Salon)|
|2016||Isle: Ireland Memorandum (Tir na nog Gallery, Tokyo)|
Lectures and cooperative works
|2003||Cooperation in Nakahira Takuma exhibition, Degree Zero (Yokohama Museum of Art)|
|2013||Lecture: Akihiko Okamura from a photographer’s perspective (University of Shizuoka)|
|2014||Cooperation in Akihiko Okamura exhibition, All about life and death (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum)|
|2015||Lecture: Cities are media (Japan Institute of Architects)|
|2016||Series of lectures for workshops and panorama walks at Setagaya Museum|
Photo collection books
Design of Chinese Gardens (co-authored, INAX 1995)
Alexandria (text by Natsuki Ikezawa, Iwanami Shoten, 2006)
Shanghai 1979 – 2009 (Iwanami Shoten, 2010)