Michi Nakao


Born in Japan, Michi Nakao has always worked in visual forms, as an illustrator,  painter, and make-up artist. She moved to London in the mid-1970s. 

In Japan she began working extensively as a stylist, choosing costumes for artists appearing in photo- and video-shoots. It is from this intensive experience in the world of fashion and music during the 1970s and early 1980s that Michi Nakao's photography derives. This is the provenance of her elegant, beautiful images.  A strength of Michi's work is her ability to find majesty in the mundane.

( Chris Salewicz, Novelist )


2016 PP Arnold Promotion shoots Private Personal portrait shoots.

2013-2016 Michi Nakao & Mami Inui’s Celebrity & Architect Interia Life story book project.

2013 Brian Eno for Promotion shoots.

2011- 2013 ASIAN Lifestyle Magazine ( Head of photographer / Organiser )2011 Cosmetic AD Brochure HC Miracle ( Veverly Hills ) at LA.

Adam Ant portrait / Gig / Rehearsal in studios.

Japanese Hair Beauty team shoots.

Mayfair Beauty Salon Promotion AD shoot.

2006 Set up MICHI Photographer Studio, Ladbroke Gardens, London W11

1998-2006 Beauty shoots for hair salon promotions and hairdressers’ and for the make-up artists’ portfolios

1997-98 Make-up and photo shoots for ‘Soho’, a monthly magazine published in Japan by Fuji TV (London) for one year.

1997 Contributed a monthly one-page column to ‘Preppy’, a Tokyo beauty magazine, each month featuring a portrait photo of a selected artist in London accompanied by interview based article.

1996 Started working professionally as a photographer with a London PR agent mostly taking portrait photos of musicians for CD covers.

1978 St Martin’s School of Art, London (Life Drawing, part-time, 1 year).