Famous Japanese Photographers

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 1 Tokugawa Yoshinobu

Tokugawa Yoshinobu.
Famous As: Photographer, Shogun
Birthdate: October 28, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mito
Died: November 22, 1913

Tokugawa Yoshinobu was the 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. During his tenure, he aimed to reform the shogunate but was largely unsuccessful. He resigned in 1867 and went into retirement, choosing to lead a private life away from the public eye. He had multiple hobbies, including photography, oil painting, archery, hunting, and cycling.

 2 Kazuaki Kiriya

Kazuaki Kiriya.
Famous As: Photographer, Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: April 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Asagiri
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 3 Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara.
Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Photographer
Birthdate: December 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirosaki

After graduating from Aichi University, Yoshitomo Nara studied in Düsseldorf. Most of paintings and sculptures, such as Light My Fire, depict children in various moods. In works such as Nachtwandern, he was also seen mingling Japanese and Western cultures. He has also experimented with stuffed animals and plywood.

 4 Takashi Amano

Takashi Amano.
Famous As: Photographer, Naturalist, Keirin cyclist
Birthdate: July 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Niigata
Died: August 4, 2015

 5 Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo

 6 Shūji Terayama

Shūji Terayama
Famous As: Poet, Playwright, Writer, Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Actor, Novelist, Tanka poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirosaki
Died: May 4, 1983
A Japanese avant-garde poet, Shūji Terayama was also a dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. During his prolific career, he created radio drama, underground theatre, countercultural essays and Japanese New Wave and "expanded" cinema. Besides publishing 200 literary works, Terayama also created over 20 short and full-length films. The Shuji Terayama Museum was opened in 1997 to celebrate his life.

 7 Tarō Okamoto

Tarō Okamoto
Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Writer, Photographer, Potter
Birthdate: February 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kawasaki
Died: January 7, 1996

Japanese muralist, sculptor, and painter Tarō Okamoto is best remembered for his avant-garde art. He had studied at the Panthéon Sorbonne and was also known as the Japanese Picasso for his fascination with Pablo Picasso. His works, such as The Law of the Jungle, depicted monstrous creatures.

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 8 Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 1, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
Died: May 14, 1953

Born in Japan, Yasuo Kuniyoshi moved to the U.S. to avoid military school and began studying painting in Los Angeles and New York instead. His works such as I’m Tired depict women. He was the first living artist to earn a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.