Nobuhiro Fukui, ‘crustal cluster - 03’, 2005, Tomio Koyama Gallery

About Nobuhiro Fukui

A former magazine editor, Nobuhiro Fukui was originally drawn to painting, in particular the masterworks of modern artist, but then turned to the digital camera after being drawn to its simplicity. “Because I always had this preconceived notion that you needed special technical skills to take photographs, I found the simplicity of digital cameras—press the shutter and you get a picture—very attractive,”he says. He studied briefly in Osamu Kanemura’s workshop, which deeply affected his approach to photography, in particular his desire to look broadly and from afar at his subjects. Fukui is best known for his urban nighttime landscapes, which he produces by walking around unfamiliar neighborhoods. In fact, he typically shoots his photographs between the hours of midnight and three in the morning. Because Fukui photographs brightly lit places, however, the time of day in his work is often unclear.

Japanese, b. 1972