Biography - Ryo Minemizu - Photography
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1970  Born in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

1990  Work for a scuba dive facility at Osezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

1992  Obtain PADI Divemaster certification

1993  Obtain PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification

1997  Start activities as a freelance underwater photographer

1997  Start photographing plankton, inspired by Turritopsis spp. encountered in the sea of Fukushima

2000   “Marine Decapod and Stomatopod Crustaceans mainly from Japan”, published by Bun-Ichi Sogo Shuppan

2001  Serial articles for monthly “Diving World” magazine

2002  Shooting crew of a special high vision program, “Sea of Mystery - North Mariana Diving Trip”, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Company)

2009  Serial articles for monthly “DIVER” magazine

2010   “Pocket size illustrated guide – Japanese Marine Fish 466”, published by Bun-Ichi Sogo Shuppan

2013  “Coral reef shrimps of Indo-west Pacific”, published by Bun-Ichi Sogo Shuppan; “Underwater shooting technique with digital cameras”, published by Seibundo Shinkosha

2014  “Pictorial book of the most beautiful squid and octopus in the world”, published by X-Knowledge – All commentaries and part of photos

2014  Project proposal and partial shooting for NHK’s TV program “Here Comes Darwin! New Legend of Life - Risking a life to approach the violent titan triggerfish”.

2015  “A Photographic Guide to the Jellyfish of Japan” – a compilation of Ryo’s plankton photos, published by Heibonsha

2015  Start producing Black Water Dive® events in Japan and abroad

2017  Grand Prize Winner of the 5th Annual Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize

2017  First solo exhibition, ”The Secret World of Plankton" at Foto Care Gallery, New York City, US

2017  Have experienced more than 20,000 dives

2018  A partial shooting for NHK’s TV program "Attention! Super dangerous creatures of the sea"

2018  Project proposal for NHK’s TV programs including “Comes Darwin! New Legend of Life - Chea leader of the sea! pom-pom crab”.

2018     Published the photographic Guide "Tokimeku Kurage zukan"

2018     Published the photo book "Jewels in the night sea"

2018     Held a solo exhibition "Jewels in the night sea" at CANON Gallery in Ginza, Nagoya, Osaka


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