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Yasuyuki Takagi was 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.
His personal work has been exhibited at the Capsule Gallery, Corridor Gallery, Lorimoto Gallery in New York and Artligue Gallery in Paris.
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" will be out in Autumn 2015 by IKI editions Leers France.
In 2014 he was invited to collaborate 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 and IMA Gallery in Tokyo.
東京都生まれ。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。
以降、パリやニューヨークのギャラリーで次々と作品を発表。翌2013年には、フランスの大手新聞『Le Monde』とのコラボレーションにより、初写真集『小さな深い森』をパリの出版社Funny Bones Editionsから刊行する。さらに2014年、ニューヨークの名門CCNY（Camera Club of New York）の国際写真コンテストでファイナリストに。受賞作品となった“東京の植木”シリーズは、同年、京都で行われた「第2回KYOTOGRAPHIE京都国際写真祭」でも発表された。そして2015年、
約20年間のニューヨーク生活を終え、帰国。東京を拠点に活動をはじめ、『Brutus』『GQ』『PEN』『Le Monde』『The Sunday Telegraph Magazine』『Vogue Hommes International PARIS』『WALLPAPER*』など国内外のさまざまな雑誌で活躍。また、携帯やタブレット用のアニメーションAR技術を活用した作品や、ビデオディレクターとして映像作品を手がけるなど、活動の幅を広げている。2015年秋に
awards / exhibitions include:
-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
-Guest speaker at Parsons school of Arts in Paris France 2013
-artligue gallery / paris france
solo exhibition ARANO sept18~Oct9th 2013
-lorimoto gallery NYC Sept28th~Oct27th 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.
-CCNY The Camera Club of New York 2014 juried competition Finalist.
Juror: Charlotte Cotton
-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,
-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.
-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
-IMA gallery Tokyo Japan
group exhibition: "another room"
july 19~August 12 2015
-exhibition: UEKI 植木 at 21_21 design sight feb 26~June 5 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.
-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 5/1/2016
-exclusive premiere: NOWNESS July 2016
Portrait of a Place: Arakicho
The fight for survival in one of Tokyo’s vanishing geisha districts
-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.
Aera Style Magazine
Art Review (UK)
Beyond by LEXUS
Colors Magazine (Italy)
Dazed and Confused
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
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (UK)
Stella Magazine (UK)
Vogue Hommes International PARIS
publications / press:
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
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27th international festival of fashion and photography
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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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