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Yasuyuki Takagi is a photographer / director born in Tokyo, Japan. He studied Media Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He assisted many leading photographers both art and commercial. Among his mentors include Koto Bolofo, Elliott Erwitt and Stefan Ruiz.
In 2012 he was a finalist at 27th International Hyeres Festival of Photography and CCNY Camera Club of New York international competition in 2014. He has collaborated with an award winning IT firm ARAT in Tokyo. By viewing a photograph through a technological device such as a smart phone or tablet, the photograph can become animated. This blurs the boundaries of still and motion imaging. This collaboration and his artistic direction had been shown worldwide in Tent London, Tokyo Design week, Maison & Objet Paris, PAD ART FAIR Paris, ISETAN in Tokyo Japan.
His personal work has been exhibited at the Capsule Gallery, Corridor Gallery, Lorimoto Gallery in New York, Artligue Gallery in Paris and IMA gallery, 2nd annual Kyotographie International photography festival, Atelier MUJI, 21_21 Design Sight in Japan.
He is a contributor to such publications for The New York Times T style magazine, Sunday Telegraph magazine, Le Monde M magazine and Wallpaper magazine amongst others.
His first book "小さな深い森 Petite Foret Profonde" was published December 2013 by funny bones editions in Paris. His second book "植木 UEKI" was published in Autumn 2015 by IKI editions Leers France. His new book "マロニエ Marronnier" was shortlisted at ARLES2019 Rencontres de la photographie Dummy Books award.
His directing works includes: “How to be like Tom Sachs" a portrait of artist Tom Sachs, "A portrait of a Place: Arakicho" for Nowness, "Hello Korea" US Olympics and Paralympics team Pyeong Chang 2018 for US Embassy of Seoul Korea and "Jungjin LEE" for IMA living with photography.
奨学金を得て、ニューヨーク・ブルックリンの美術学校 Pratt Instituteに留学し、メディアアートを学ぶ。在学中は実験映像、ビデオアート、写真などを制作。卒業後、ニューヨーク・チェルシーで、ハイエンドな商業写真を扱う現像所に勤務。そこで世界的に著名なコマーシャルフォトグラファーやアートフォトグラファーと数多く出会い、アシスタントとして同行し世界各地をまわるなど、約10年間を過ごしたのち、独立。アート写真、商業写真のフィールドでキャリアを重ね、2012年、南フランスで行われた国際写真コンテスト「27th International Hyeres Festival of Photography」 でファイナリストに選ばれる。そして2014年CCNYカメラクラブ・ニューヨーク国際コンペティションでのファイナリストとなる。
2015年には、受賞歴のある東京のIT企業AMANA/ARATとの企画をコラボレート。アート・ディレクターを務めたこの企画は世界中で公開された。Tent London、東京デザインウィーク、メゾン＆オブジェパリ、PAD ART FAIR Paris、伊勢丹新宿。
ニューヨークでは、Capsule Gallery、Corridor Gallery、Lorimoto Gallery、パリではArtligue Gallery、国内では、アトリエMUJI、IMAギャラリー、第２回京都国際写真祭、21_21 DESIGN SIGHT等。国内外で展示歴がある。
初の写真集『小さな深い森－Petite Foret Profonde』が、パリの出版社funny bones editionsから2013年12月に刊行された。そして、二作目の写真集『植木』が2015年にフランスのIKI editionsから出版された。新たに発表予定の写真集『マロニエ』は、2019年度アルル国際写真祭ダミーブック・アワードの 最終候補作リストに選ばれる。
映像ディレクター作品：『どうすればトム・サックスみたいになれるか』はアーティスト、トム・サックスの人物像を題材にした作品。『場所のポートレイト：荒木町』Nowness、『Hello Korea!』2018年ピョンチャン・オリンピック・パラリンピックにおけるアメリカ代表団についての作品、在大韓民国アメリカ合衆国大使館、『ジョンジン・リー』IMA~LIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY~他多数。国内外で精力的に制作活動を続けている。
awards / exhibitions include:
-arles 2019 les rencontres de la photographie
Luma rencontres dummy book awards
shortlisted project : photo book "Marronnier マロニエ" by Yasuyuki Takagi
exhibitions July 1st~September 22nd 2019
LES RENCONTRES D’ARLES
34 rue du docteur Fanton
Tél. : +33 (0)4 90 96 76 06
-"Link to Life" Scene with Tea exhibition
September 9th~ October 7th 2018
Atelier MUJI Tokyo Japan
Suggestion for NICHIJO SA (HAN) JI [Everyday Tea Time]
To live life to the fullest and to appreciate all the little things are easy to say but hard to do.The Japanese word of NICHIJO SA HAN JI means everyday occurrences.A cup of tea of "CHA NO KOTO"
of the word may imply a space between daily and nondaily life to open up our sense, soothe our heart, and connect people.
In this exhibition, we will expand a possibility of enjoying and tasting Japanese tea as well as taste the space sharing peace and stimulation in everyday life.
Would you like a cup of tea today?
Enjoying Time Ticking
It is more important to have a heart to feel a richness of a limited time to drink tea than spending a rich time while drinking tea.Ancient people drink tea while watching Kakejiku [a hanging scroll] in
season and think of a mariage with the world of Kakejiku.I wonder if many people who live now give up having such a comfortable life despite wishing the moment. In this exhibition,
we hope that you will enjoy the time with tea by meeting here with beautiful photos by Yasuyuki Takagi / Eric Pillault and tea made in our good faith as if the ancient people find the experience of the time with the Kakejiku and the tea in season.
-film "shuawa-junmai daiginjo sparkling sake" for
yamatogawa sake bewerey won the cerficate for
creative excellence award at the
US International Film & Video Festival in 2016.
-exclusive premiere: NOWNESS July 2016
Portrait of a Place: Arakicho
The fight for survival in one of Tokyo's vanishing geisha districts
-MUJI BOOKS presents talk event:
『東京ボヘミアガーデン』tokyo bohemian street garden
yasuyuki takagi x valerie douniaux
無印用品有楽町 muji yurakucho May 1st 2016
-exhibition: UEKI 植木 at 21_21 design sight Feb 26th~June 5th 2016
ZAKKA goods and things
There are a great many things in our everyday lives that fall under the term zaikai, which is generally rendered in English as "sundries” or “miscellaneous goods." While all these zakka are quite familiar to Japanese and readily available, the definition is elusive: it is hard to put your finger on what makes something zaikai. If we were to settle on a rough, flexible definition of zakka, it would probably be something like "things that accompany our everyday lifestyle spaces and provide a subtle element of decoration. "Through acts and experiences of searching for, selecting, buying, using, decorating, mixing and matching zakka, we rediscover the inherent allure of these miscellaneous things, and they in turn bring joy to our lives. Zakka have now become essential components of modern living spaces. This upcoming exhibition will take a broad look at the sensibilities behind zakka and the environments they occupy, viewing them as constituting a unique culture of their own,
and drawing attention to the appeal of their design and appearance.
-IMA gallery Tokyo Japan
group exhibition: "another room"
July 19th~August 12th 2015
-maison & objet paris 2015
"nature made" curated by francois Bernard
The Retroscope project: The retroscope project is a visual experience that brings the past, present,
and future into a new form. It is inspired by the classic View Master and silent films. The project is that by looking at the photograph through a digital
device such as a smart phone or tablet can animate the still image. This blurs the boundaries beteween still and motion imaging and creates new ways of exhibition possibilities and visual dialogue
-Tokyo Designers Week London / Tokyo / Milano 2014/2015 - Tokyo Imagine
amana x apart exhibition
Presents Japanese creativity and technology in interactive design & art, motion graphics, design technology, product and graphic design under the theme of “Tokyo Imagine” to express contemporary Tokyo.
-Kyotographie International Photography Festival 2014
Exhibition curator: Eric Pillaut
"Nature in Tokyo" April 19th~May 11th
group exhibition by M Le magazine du Monde
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto City,
-CCNY The Camera Club of New York 2014 juried competition Finalist.
Juror: Charlotte Cotton
-lorimoto gallery NYC Sept 28th~Oct 27th 2013
group exhibition frontline
The wave of gentrification starts quietly and moves constantly, affecting people, landscape and everything else that compose a neighborhood. Good and bad, it
is inevitable and nostalgia lingers with a melancholic after taste for the passing of time. Artists have always been pioneers and the driving force in exploring new neighborhoods. The Bushwick / Ridgewood border is currently the very front lines of the Artist Migration.
Brooklyn lot recordings documents the changing
scenery of various Brooklyn neighborhoods for
over 10 years. His focus was photographing empty lots in the community. These lots do not exist anymore. Most have been transformed into residential dwellings for the ever-inflating population.
-artligue gallery / paris france
solo exhibition ARANO Sept 18th~Oct 9th 2013
-Guest speaker at Parsons school of Arts in Paris France 2013
-hyeres 2012 27th festival international de mode et de photographie villa noailles
short-listed selection photographie exhibition garden & forest
27th International Hyeres Festival of Photography 2012 Finalist
Aera Style Magazine
Art Review (UK)
Beyond by LEXUS
Colors Magazine (Italy)
Condé Nast Traveler (US/China)
Dazed and Confused
Financial Times (UK)
Ginza Six magazine
issey miyake perfums
LE MONDE M Magazine (France)
Neo Tropicalia when Lives Become Forms Contemporary Brazilian Art : 1960's to the the present
New York Times T Style Magazine
Officine Universelle Buly
pleasure garden (UK)
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (UK)
Stella Magazine (UK)
US embassy of Seoul
Van Cleef & Arpels
Vogue Hommes International PARIS
publications / press:
高木康行 (takagi yasuyuki) が見添える、現代社会の光と影。vol.1
Documenting everything from ancient moss-covered woodlands to the streets of his old Brooklyn neighbourhood, Japanese photographer and Wallpaper*
contributor Yasuyuki Takagi is known for his quiet vernacular style. "Arakicho was formerly a lively hub filled with geisha tea houses" In a new film, the Pratt graduate photographer and filmmaker captures the spirit of the people who occupy the once-bustling neighbourhood of Arakicho, central Tokyo. Formerly a lively hub replete with many geisha tea houses,
the area is now filled with small, specialist restaurants fighting to make a living as change happens all around them.
Wired Magazine Vol: 17
"The city of potted plants"
exhibition catalogue “MAKE” No.26
maison & objet paris 2015
Wired Magazine Vol:15
WxD X reporter "Nature Made" maison & Objet paris 2015
Kyotographie International Photography Festival 2014
小さな深い森 Petite Foret Profonde
published December 2013 edition 600
Funny Bones Editions
10 rue du Grand Prieure`
75011 Paris France
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27th international festival of fashion and photography
Montée de Noailles -Parc Saint Bernard 83400 Hyères, France
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club donny #9
strictly unedited journal
of the personal experience of nature
in the urban environment
Quarterly Online Fraction Magazine Japan
高木康行 Hyeres 2012 写真部門入選インタビュー / 海外で作家として活動をしていくこと
Online photography magazine
La Lettre de la Photographie
Monocle 24 radio: interview 2012
UPON PAPER IS A NEW ON-LINE AND OFF-LINE PROJECT FOR CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE ARTS; SPANNING PHOTOGRAPHY, THE FINE ARTS, DESIGN AND THE APPLIED ARTS FROM ARCHITECTURE TO ANIMATION, CRAFT TO TECHNOLOGY.
LIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY summer 2013 Vol. 4
La foret sur les flots
M LE MAGAZINE DU MONDE
Yasuyuki Takagi Photographs Empty Lots in the Wild
SPOON & TAMAGO japanese art, design and culture
Lorimoto Gallery Shows us the Beauty in Bushwick-Ridgewood Breakdown
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