Yusuke Yamatani, ‘Tsugi No Yoru E #51’, 2010, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Born in Niigata Prefecture, emerging photographer Yūsuke Yamatani spent his early years performing with various bands in the underground music scene before deciding on a photography career. Inspired by photographers like Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, Shōmei Tōmatsu and Daidō Moriyama, Yamatani’s main subjects are punks and skateboarders from both inside and outside of Japan. This print is from "Tsugi no yoru e (On to the next night)," a collection that Yamatani shot of his friends in Osaka in 2010 and self-published in 2013. Atypical for this series, the work captures an insect in hyperreal detail as witness to the raucous lifestyle of young punks--a poetic iteration of the "fly on the wall."


Signature: Signed.

Image rights: Courtesy of Alison Bradley

About Yusuke Yamatani

Japanese, b. 1985, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, based in Japan