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Many Japanese photographers have captured the urban landscape that is Tokyo, but nobody has made more striking images than Yutaka Takanashi.
Born in 1935 in present-day Shinjuku, Takanashi is also famous for his fashion portraits. After studying at the Nihon University, he received his first ever camera: the Canon IVSb.
As a student, his images were published in the Sankei Camera magazine. In 1959 he studied once again at the Kuwasawa Design School, after being influenced by Kiyoji Otsuji.
In 1960 he staged his one-man show entitled “Somethin’ Else.” His images were also shown in international galleries. He participated in the display “Neue Fotografie aus Japan,” which was held at Kunsthaus Graz, Germany in 1976. His self-named exhibit was also presented at Paris’ Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Gallery.
Takanashi has also published a handful of photo books, such as “Toshi-e” in 1974, “Machi” in 1977, “Jinzo” in 1979 and “Tokyojin” in 1983, to name a few. His latest work is “Photography 1965-1974” which was published in Berlin, Germany in 2010. The book comes in three languages: Japanese, English, and German.
Takanashi broke barriers when he won the Annual Award of Photographic Society of Japan twice. He took home the prestigious award in 1984 and in 1993.