WATANABE YASUJI

Editor, photographer and editorial designer.

Born February 25, 1966.

Watanabe san was the editor-in-chief of the renowned Japanese S&M magazine,'S&M Sniper' which was forced to cease its publication in 2008. He has been producing photography work ever since purchasing a Hasselsblad in the year 2000 and started photographing women set in imaginary stories based on abnormal eroticism and fetishism.

 Tighten Life 2
copyright © Yasuji Watanabe

2015
Yasuji Watanabe Photo exhibition "Tightened Life/Tokyo Girls" at Le Mouton Noir - Atelier-Galerie
Yasuji Watanabe Photo exhibition "Tightened Life" at Jimbocho Gallery.

2013
Two man exhibition: "Two and one half" with Takei Hiroyuki at Jimbocho Gallery and the mini photobook of the same title is published from Anjin Design.
Photo collection published in book form as "Collaboration", by Anjin Design LLC of Japanese.
(http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp/anjindesign/)

2011
One of his photos is used as the cover of the novel "Mein Körper weiß alles" by Banana Yoshimoto published in Switzerland from Diogenes. (http://www.diogenes.ch/leser/katalog/nach_autoren/a-z/y/9783257241549/buch)
Russian photo magazine "Foto&Video no.4" makes an special issue about Yasuji Watanabe featuring the cover photo, interview and lots of his photos in 14 pages. (http://www.foto-video.ru/art/portfolio/58095/)

2009
Photobook "Real Fake Doll" featuring a japanese female idol Nakamura Miu is published from Wani Books.
(http://www.wani.co.jp/)

2008
Group exhibition: "Fantasia Erotica Japonesa" at Artz21 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo collection published in book form as "Akai Hana", by Le Lezard Noir of French.
(http://www.lezardnoir.org/)

2007
His photographes are featured in the anthology photograph collection "The New Erotic Photography" by TASCHEN.
(http://www.taschen.com/)

2006
Solo exhibition: "The portrait of inoccent girls through the amidacamera" at Subterraneans in Osaka.
Photo collection published in book form as "The portrait of inoccent girls through the amidacamera", by Subterraneans.
( http://subterraneans.shop-pro.jp/ )

2005
Solo exhibition: "The portrait of Tokyo Girls through the amidacamera" at gallery Milieu in Tokyo.
Shot images of dancers Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno for Suwa Atushi's book of paintings.

2004
Photo collection published in book form as "Tokyo Girls", by Edition Reuss of Germany. ( http://www.edition-reuss.com )

Started to make an 8mm movie.

2002
Solo exhibition: "Live beautifully" at gallery Milieu in Tokyo

2000
In various works, the photographer portrays his images in an abstract form, demonstrating his interest in abnormal and erotic expression. Initially the images may appear to be fashion pictorials, however on closer inspection they reveal a subtle erotic theme.

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A BRIEF HISTORY
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OSADA STEVE: NEWAZA
'AMOROUS' 好色 - ART PHOTO BOOK UPDATE: JAPANESE ART AND CUSTOMS
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ANGELICAS EMMANUEL: SHUNGA
WATANABE YASUJI: 'COLLABORATION' PHOTO BOOK
'AMOROUS' 好色 - ART PHOTO BOOK UPDATE: THE EROTIC ART OF SHUNGA