Ogawa Kazumasa went to Edo (1873) and studied English and then photography. He went to the United States (1882) and studied portrait photography, metachrosis photography and dry-plate manufacturing. He also studied collotype printing in Albert Type Company.
Returning to Japan (1885), Ogawa Kazumasa was appointed a member of the Photography Department, Tokyo Prcfectural Industrial Arts Exhibition (1887). With Ryuichi Kuni and Ernest Fenollosa, he started the art magazine Kokka. Went to the United States (1893) as a member of the photography committee of an international exhibition held in that country. He returned with machinery to manufacture steel and zinc plates for photographic sculpture.
Ogawa Kazumasa founded the Ogawa Photographic Works and engaged in photography as well as collotype and copperplate and photolithogravhic printing. He was appointed a Court artist.