Nakaji YASUI

"Water", 1931-32

"Water", 1931-32

Nakaji Yasui was born in 1903 in Osaka and passed away in 1942. From the 1920s on, Yasui was an active photographer in the Kansai region of Japan; he is now seen as one of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the prewar period. At the very beginning of an era in which Japanese photography would express itself in a way that was both more international and more in step with the times, Yasui produced his photographs while enthusiastically incorporating many new theories of art into his work—and thinking extremely carefully about how these theories might impact his own development within the context of that time in Japan. Although Yasui’s career was short, his work has influenced Daido Moriyama and many other important contemporary Japanese photographers. In 2010, His major photography publications include the essay Landscape Photography in Practice (1938) and the photography book Nakaji Yasui photographer 1903-1942 (2004). Taka Ishii Gallery produced “Nakaji Yasui Portfolio” (a set of 30 modern prints in a limited edition of 15).



Kansuke Yamamoto, “Buddhist Temple’s Bird Cage”, 1940, gelatin silver print, image and paper size: 25.6 x 17.7 cm © Toshio Yamamoto, the Estate of Kansuke Yamamoto

Group Exhibition “Japanese Surrealist Photography”

Dates: Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2017
Location: Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
Participating artists: Iwata Nakayama, Toshiko Okanoue, Osamu Shiihara, Kansuke Yamamoto, Nakaji Yasui 

Nakaji Yasui  (Gaze), 1931  Gelatin silver print

Nakaji Yasui

Dates: Mar 25 – May 7, 2011 (Golden Week Holidays: May1-5)
Opening reception: Friday, Mar 25, 18:00 – 20:00


Nakaji Yasui Portfolio

Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our publication of photographer Nakaji Yasui’s portfolio of modern prints.