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Natsumi Hayashi

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Natsumi Hayashi is a Japanese photographer known for her self portraits taken in a way that make her appear to levitate[1]. She uses adjustments in shutter speed to achieve this effect[2].

Life and Work[edit]

Hayashi was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1982.[3]


College of Arts at Saint Paul’s University, Tokyo (also known as Rikkyo University)

Graduate School, Community and Human Services at Saint Paul’s University, Tokyo[3]


2015 Hiromi Kawakami, Merkelig Vær i Tokyo, Press Publishing, (cover)[3]

2014 Banana Yoshimoto, Un Viaje Llamado Vida, Satori Contemporary, (cover)

2013 Natsumi Hayashi, Levitating Photographer, Gets Her First Solo Show in Japan, The Huffington Post, Arts & Culture (blog), March 25  

2013 Natsumi Hayashi's New Leviating Photos Get Blown Up, MyModernMet (blog), March 20th

2013 Todd Rohde, Natsumi Hayashi: Today's Levitations, The Local IQ, January 30

2013 Shawna Cory, Rise Up and Face the Camera, The Weekly Alibi, March 21 - 27

2013 Iris McLister, Natsumi Hayashi: Today's Levitation, THE Magazine, April

2012 Kerri Macdonald, Not Just a Jump, but Levitation, The New York Times LENS (blog), April 23

2012 Levitation Portaits by Natsumi Hayashi, Twisted Sifter (blog), June 25

2012 Levitation with the Yowayowa Camera Woman: Natsumi Hayashi Floating Photography, Smashing Picture.com, September 5

2012 Anne Zhou, Interview: Tokyo Photographer Reaches New Heights in ‘Levitation’ Self Portraits, Asia Society (blog), December 4

2012 Jacques Lhuillery, Unbearable lightness: walking on air, AFP, Correspondant

2011 The Girl Who Loves to Levitate, MyModernMet (blog), February 18

2011 Natsumi Hayashi: A Life of Leviation, Twisted Sifter (blog) February 21

2011 Peter Karl, Teenage photographer on the up: Japanese schoolgirl 'levitating' causes internet sensation, DailyMail.co.uk, May 5

2011 Laura T. Coffey, Wheeee! Floating Photographer captures herself ‘levitating’, NBCNEWS.com, Today News, June 8


Solo Exhibitions[edit]

2015 The 2nd Three Shadows Experimental Image Open Exhibition, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, China[3]

2015 Today’s Levitation - The Acceleration of Liberty, Takashimaya Shinjuko Store 10th Floor, Toyko, Japan

2014 Today’s Levitation, Art Gallery X, Takashimaya Nihombashi Store 6th Floor, Tokyo

2013 Today’s Levitation, Spiral Garden, Aoyama, Tokyo

2013 Today’s Levitation, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2012 Today’s Levitation, MEM, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions[edit]

2014 Photo City Sagamihara Award Exhibition, Sagamihara Citizen’s Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan  

2014 JAPON, Abbaye Saint Andre, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac, France

2014 Two Moons on the Shore, a Wind-Up Bird in Norwegian Wood: Haruki Murakami and Contemporary Art, Contemporary by Colconda, Tel Aviv, Israel  

2014 Sagamihara Citizen's Gallery, Kanagawa    

2013 Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol. 12: Every Stroller Can Change the World, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo Japan

2012 Shibuya Futurists Manifesto, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo


  1. "The Girl Who Loves to Levitate". My Modern Met. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. MacDonald, Kerri. "Not Just a Jump, but Levitation". Lens Blog. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Natsumi Hayashi". www.levygallery.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.

External links.[edit]

Official website

Gallery: [1]

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