Erika Yoshino, “Untitled”, 2017, C-print © Erika Yoshino

Born in Honjo City, Saitama Prefecture in 1970. She began photographing in 1989, and graduated from Tokyo College of Photography in 1994. As a student, Yoshino was influenced by the photographer Kiyoshi Suzuki; from the late 1990s on, she produced many black and white works in this mode of street photography. In 2010, she began producing works in color: her works, shot in and around Tokyo, are tranquil but forcefully draw their viewers in with their unique worldview. Yoshino’s major solo exhibitions include “ICE Echo Wave,” Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo (1995), “Enoshima Zero Meter,” Works H., Kanagawa (1996), “It’s a New Day,” Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo (1998), “Max Is Making Wax,” Viewing Room Yotsuya, YUMIKO CHIBA ASSOCIATES, Tokyo (2001), “Eleanor Rigby,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa (2008), “JUST LIKE ON THE RADIO,” Port Gallery T, Osaka (2011), “Digitalis,” Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo (2012), “NEROLI,” Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo (2016) and “MARBLE,” Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo (2018). Group shows include “Eleven & Eleven: Korea Japan Contemporary Art,” The Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul (2002), “Black Out: Contemporary Japanese Photography,” The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome (2002, later traveled to Paris and Tokyo), “Nonchalant,” 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles (2004) and “My Flower”, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo (2021). In 2018, Yoshino won the 34th Higashikawa New Photographer Award and the 18th Sagamihara Prize for Newcomer Professionals. Her works are included in the collections of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

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