Sly Morikawa is an artist and photographer based between Sydney and Tokyo. 

Known for her sensitive, dreamlike photographs imbued with intimacy and softness, Morikawa’s work draws on continuing themes of sex, subculture and self. Her depictions of the angelic and the unorthodox return her audience to a sense of agency; a permission to suspend biases and taboo.



White Socks (2023) at SALT AND PEPPER, Tokyo

Everything Reminds Me of You (2023) at Village & SCREW Gallery, Manchester

Heaven Doesn’t Want Me (2022) at The Corner Shop, Sydney


From The Studio (2023) at Blank Gallery, Sydney

Roll Up (2023)
at Tiles, Sydney

Einhundert Verschwendete Jahre / One Hundred Wasted Years (2022)
at HVW8 Art & Design Gallery, Los Angeles

Good Photo (2022)
at Ace Hotel, Kyoto

what we used to be, where we used to go (2020) with Jason Phu at Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney

Interviews & Press

The 2023 Dazed 100 is here, Dazed (2023)

Beneath the dreamy haze of Sly Morikawa’s ‘White Socks’ photo series,
RUSSH (2023)

This zine explores the erotic potential of white socks,
Dazed (2023)

Sly Morikawa’s ethereal photographs reveal her dreamy inner life,
Dazed (2023)

White Socks, Hot Girls, and Blowing Up a Car: The World of Sly Morikawa, VICE (2023)

Photographing sex, subculture & self in Tokyo, i-D (2023)


© Sly Morikawa 2023