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As someone from the West, I find Japanese photography extremely intriguing. Japan is known for its rich arts culture, and photography as a medium is no exception. More and more there are a lot of very well-known Japanese photographers in the West, such as Hiroshi Sugimoto or Rinko Kawauchi. So let's take a look at 7 Japanese photographers that you need to know.
She is a photographer with an easy-to-identify style. Her work is filled with serenity and poetry around ordinary moments. She started working in the advertising industry and continued there for quite a while before deciding it was enough. Since then, she has pursued a career as a fine art photographer. She mostly uses the generous 6X6 format, and human presence is almost nonexistent in her images. Viewing her work, I can't stop recalling the poetry of William Carlos Williams. You can indulge yourself with her work here. And you can find a more casual vision of her work in her diary.
Araki is a creative monster who has released 450 photobooks and still doesn’t miss a day without taking photographs, as you will learn in this interview from the great guys over at Vice. He was born in Tokyo and studied photography from 1959 to 1963. In 1963, he started working at an advertising agency called Dentsu. Arākī (his nickname) is considered to be one of the most prolific artists ever – not just in Japan, but in the world. His style is unique. I have no words to describe it. It is just a blast of expression of the sort that few artists achieve. Perhaps this photograph is my favorite from Arākī. You can see more of his work here and here. Viewer discretion is very much advised.