Hiroyo Kaneko is a photographer currently based in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Aomori, Japan, received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in French Literature from Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.

Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Japan at spaces including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, the Nagasaki City Library and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

Kaneko is a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2009 and a winner of Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition 2012. In 2017, she won 1st place in the 21st Juried Exhibition at the Photographic Center Northwest. Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rayko Photo Center and Philadelphia Museum of Art.


MFA   Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, 2005
BA  French Literature, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, 1987

Professional Experience:
2017- Adjunct Faculty, Creative Art Department, De Anza College, Cupertino
2016   Visiting Lecturer, Art Studio, University of California, Davis
1997- Freelance Photographer and Writer

Solo Exhibitions:
2017   Appearance, Nikon Salon Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
2013   Comes to the Light, Gallery Ishi, Tokyo, Japan
2012   Steam & Ice, Red Poppy Art Center, San Francisco
2012   Unfolding Lives In Tohoku, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
2009   Nagasaki Dialog, Nagasaki City Library, Nagasaki, Japan
2009   Nature/Nurture, Two persons show with Betsy Weis, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
2009   Sentimental Education, MIAD Perspective Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee
2008   Each Sun, Two persons show with Chris McCaw, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2006   The Three Cornered World, Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan, San Francisco
2004   fountains, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco
2002   Nagasaki Dialog, Photographers’s Gallery, Tokyo
2001   Bushes and Palace, Gallery La Camera, Tokyo
2001   Bushes and Palace, The Foreign Correspondent Club Of Japan, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions (Selected):
2017   THERE IS NO ALAS WHERE I LIVE, Curated by Ann Jastrab, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017   21st Juried Photography Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2016   Zones of Representation, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2015   Voices, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley
2015   Heat, SF Camerawork, San Francisco
2015   3@6×6, face/people/action, curated by Hiroyo Kaneko, PHOTO, Oakland
2014   Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography, curated by Anne Veh, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley
2013   Nature as Muse, Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Sausalito
2011   Fukushima – Opening Doors with Compassion, Lutherkirche, Cologne, Germany
2011   LOST WORLDS > < MAKING WORLDS, Murata & Friends, Berlin, Germany
2010   THINGS ARE EXPANDING, Swarm Gallery, Oakland
2009   Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2008   EIGHTEEN MONTHS: TAKING THE PULSE OF BAY AREA PHOTOGRAPHY, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Elusive Subjects; James Welling, Sanna Kannisto, Jun Shiraoka, Hiroyo Kaneko, curated by Hiroyo Kaneko, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Small Ambitions; A Perspective, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Close Calls 2007, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2005   Conversation With The Wall, Root Division Artists Space, San Francisco
2005   Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
2005   MFA (Maestras of Foto Art) Exhibit, Focus Gallery, San Francisco
2004   image, object, back, forth, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute,
2002   PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY 2 – [sait] site/sight, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2017   1st place in PCNW 21st Juried Photography Exhibition (Juror: Sandra Philips)
2012   Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Portfolio Competition (Jurors: Peter Barberie, Andrea Modica, Vince Aletti)
2009   Santa Fe Prize for Photography (Juror: Charlotte Cotton)
2009   People/Places/Things: an International Photo Competition Celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary (Honorable Mention)
2009   Asahi Shinbun Foundation Art Grant
2005   Paul Sack Photo Award
2003   MFA Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

2015   Conversation with Ann Jastrab, Rayko Photo Center, PHOTO, Oakland, CA
2014   Conversation with Yukari Kawaguchi, former editor of Asahi Graph, Gallery Ishi, Tokyo
2013   Visiting Artist, Advanced Photography, Mills College, Oakland, CA.
2014   Talk with Yukari Kawaguchi, a former committee member of the Cultural Affair Department, Asahi Shimbun, Gallery Ishi, Tokyo
2012   Workshop “A Family Affair,” Photo Alliance, San Francisco
2010   Guest Lecture at Tokyo Institute of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
2010   Visiting Artist Series, Photo Department, San Francisco City College
2010   Guest Lecture at “Beginning and Advanced Photography” instructed by Catherine Wagner, Mills College, Oakland, CA.
2009   Guest Talk at Marebito School with Mika Kobayashi, Yokohama, Japan
2009   Guest Lecture on “Art and Commerce: Pathways” instructed by Linda Connor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
2007   Introductory presentation at 3rd Annual Pacific Rim Lecture Series, PhotoAlliance, San Francisco
2005   Guest Lecture at “Advance Photography” instructed by James Welling, UCLA, Los Angeles
2002   Artist Talk at “Photography Today 2 – [sait] site/sight”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2001   Guest Lecture at Senior Seminar instructed by Miyabi Taniguchi, Tokyo College of Photography, Tokyo

2014   “Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography”, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2010   “3x3x3”, a collaborative project with Mayumi Hamanaka and Satoshi Nakashima for THINGS ARE EXPANDING, Swarm Gallery
2002   “Photography Today 2 – [sait] site / sight”
2001   “Bushes and Palace”
1999   “Along Leaves”

“Double Dare at Swarm Gallery” for THINGS ARE EXPANDING, DeWitt Cheng, January, 2011, East Bay Express
“Eighteen Months: Taking the Pulse of Bay Area Photography”, Jeanne Storck, July 2008, Flavorpill “site / sight”, Atsushi Sugita, BT, August 2002, Bijutsu Techou
“Nagasaki dialog” Koutarou Iizawa, Asahi Camera, June 2002, Asahi Shinbunsha
“Bushes and Palace” Miyabi Taniguch, Nihon Camera, June 2001, Nihon Camera sha

Publications (selected):
Special Feature Photography, Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, July,2017
Story of Photography, Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, PhatPhoto, July, 2017
70 photographs, edited and written by Akiko Otake, Asahi Press, May 2014
8 Views of Mt. Fuji by 8 photographers, Asahi Camera, August, 2013
Sentimental Education by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, February, 2013
Work by Hiroyo Kaneko, Women Arts Quarterly Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2012
Sentimental Education and interview with Hiroyo Kaneko, ZHIJP, China, July, 2011
Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, February, 2011
Sentimental Education by Hiroyo Kaneko, Phat Photo, April/May, 2010
A Conversation with Hiroyo Kaneko, NYMPHOTO a collective of women photographers, 2009
Photographer Profile, Interview with Hiroyo Kaneko, Japan Exposures, 2009
Lay Flat 01, Remain in Light, 2009