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Ishiuchi Miyako was born in 1947 to a country whose culture had been infiltrated by the influence of the US servicemen living on the naval bases in major ports and cities during the military occupation post World War II. Her work is extremely coherent and developing in a determined and distinctive way; using the camera and all of its aesthetic potential to investigate the intersection of the political and the personal aspects of memory Ishiuchi Miyako has been both a pioneer and a role model for younger artists, not least as a woman working in the male-dominated field of Japanese photography.

Ishiuchi has produced collections of photography since the late 1970s. Her first book was a study of Yokosuka, where she grew up.