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Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japan Born in: 1948

A photographer based in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Paris. 

Born in 1948 in Kagawa, Japan. 

In his photographic work, Yasuo Kiyonaga interprets nature, villages, cities, people, and everything else in our lives in surrealistic ways. The subjects captured in his viewfinder are freed from their original contexts and given new shapes and significances.

Many of his works are associated with the abstract arts of cubism and surrealism. 

His output is not limited to photography. Using his unique skills, he beautifully combines seemingly incompatible concepts such as photographs and paintings, nature and the artificial, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, past and future, and dreams and reality, and sublimates them into art.

In 1966, strongly influenced by the two photographers Jean-Eugène Atget and Aaron Siskind, Yasuo Kiyonaga began studying photography. In 1970, after graduating from a college photography program, he started working for Recruit Co., Ltd. as a staff photographer, who mainly photograph the workers in Japan. In 1980, he left the organization and established his own company, SHC, which specializes in the planning and production of corporate communication content which was not well known at the time.

Yasuo Kiyonaga focused on the field of photojournalism for a long term and grew SHC into a company with 150 employees. Even today, this company remains an industry leader. In addition to its core business, it is also boldly taking on new challenges that are ahead of the times. The ideas, critical eye, and decision-making skills honed through these experiences have become the source of his creative activities.

In 1995, he resumed his career as an artist and opened a series of galleries in Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, and online to display his works and those of other  photographers. He is the owner of the online photo galleries Kyoto Museum of Photography, as well as the physical galleries Kyoto Museum of Photography,  Gallery Artisan Tokyo and Gallery Japanesque Paris.

His works have been exhibited across Japan, including Spirit of Forest at Epson Imaging Gallery Epsite (2010), Hanoi × 6% at Kintetsu Department Store Abeno Harukas Art Gallery (2020), and Identity and Two Landscapes at Kyoto Museum of Photography Gallery Japanesque (2020). 

Yasuo Kiyonaga has published several books, including Leslie (1999), Spirit of Forest (2007), Paris Sketch (2012), the Japanese Beautiful Landscapes series (from 2008), Japanese Tools (2015), and Ujo (Senses of Rain) (2016). 

As part of his lifework, he has photographed ancient capitals, rural villages in Japan and other countries and compiled his pictures into books.

He is also a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS) and the Photographic Society of Japan (PSJ).

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Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Floating memories 03, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Floating memories 03, 2018
16 x 20 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$932

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Existence21, Sculpture

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Existence21, 2020
24.6 x 15 x 1.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,631

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Existence20, Painting

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Existence20, 2020
16.5 x 35.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,398

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 03, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 03, 2021
23.9 x 17.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, The river of ancient cities03  Kyoto 03, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

The river of ancient cities03 Kyoto 03, 2019
12.8 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_01, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_01, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_14, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_14, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 06, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 06, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 5, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 5, 2019
16.1 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Spirit of Forest 02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Spirit of Forest 02, 2008
16.1 x 11.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$932

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Reflecting landscape 11, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Reflecting landscape 11, 2020
31.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,631

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Hanoi 1-09, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Hanoi 1-09, 2017
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$582

Our recommendations Yasuo Kiyonaga, Perhaps they live off the rocks around them 05, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Perhaps they live off the rocks around them 05, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.4 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 33, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 33, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 31, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 31, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 07, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 07, 2021
19 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 05, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 05, 2021
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 04, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 04, 2021
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 02, 2021
23.9 x 17.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 01, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 01, 2021
23.9 x 17.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, The river of ancient cities 07  Paris 02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

The river of ancient cities 07 Paris 02, 2019
12.8 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 8, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

A Journey to Reencounter Japanese Landscapes 8, 2019
16.1 x 11.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Existence24, Sculpture

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Existence24, 2020
14.6 x 17.3 x 1.3 inch
Sculpture

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 17, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 17, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes16, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes16, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 13, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 13, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 12, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 12, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Perhaps they live off the rocks around them 02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Perhaps they live off the rocks around them 02, 2020
40.6 x 28.7 x 1.4 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Identity 05, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Identity 05, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.4 inch
Photography

$2,096

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 43, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 43, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 44, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 44, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 42, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 42, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 41, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 41, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 40, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 40, 2020
13 x 19 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 39, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 39, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 38, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 38, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 37, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 37, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 36, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 36, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 34, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 34, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 35, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 35, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Two Landscapes 32, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Two Landscapes 32, 2020
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$932

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Kyoto 06, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Kyoto 06, 2021
19 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$547

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_08, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_08, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_03, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_03, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_04, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_04, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_05, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_05, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_06, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_06, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_07, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_07, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_02, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_02, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,281

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_09, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_09, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_10, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_10, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_15, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_15, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_11, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_11, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_12, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_12, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Real_13, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Real_13, 2020
32.3 x 22.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$990

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 01, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 01, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 08, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 08, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 07, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 07, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 05, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 05, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Yasuo Kiyonaga, Japanese Life 04, Photography

Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japanese Life 04, 2020
9.8 x 47.2 x 1.5 inch
Photography

$1,747

Existance / Kyoto

Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris

Existance / Kyoto
From December 3, 2021 To December 24, 2021

REAL

Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris

REAL
From November 9, 2021 To December 24, 2021

Fickleness

Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris

Fickleness
From September 23, 2021 To October 30, 2021

Japanese Life

Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris

Japanese Life
From May 19, 2021 To July 3, 2021

Exposition d'Automne de Yasuo Kiyonaga

Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris

Exposition d'Automne de Yasuo Kiyonaga
From November 6, 2020 To December 24, 2020

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