Yoshinori Mizutani

Yoshinori Mizutani's (*1987, Japan) works suggest new expressive possibilities that mix the domestic traditions of personal and street photography with those of foreign conceptual photography.

Mizutani graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 2012. He has won a number of prestigious awards including Japan Photo Award in 2013 as well as Foam Talent Call and Lens Culture Emerging Talents Top 50 in 2014. His series Tokyo Parrots was on view at this years Bienne Festival of Photography in Bienne/Switzerland. His foray into photography is fairly recent, he started 5 years ago. Nonetheless, his photographs do demonstrate an innate understanding of how forms, colours, textures and depth translate to the pictoral plane. He is working with a visual vocabulary that has been well established by the work of many photographers active today. Mizutani’s work serves as a good gauge of the visual tropes and photographic styles that are prevalent among young photographers in Tokyo.


„The themes of my work are the everyday and the familiar. What is familiar to me, however, could be new to the viewer. It could also be revelatory or something previously overlooked. It is the viewers’ varied responses to and interpretations of images, which makes photography interesting." – Yoshinori Mizutani

Education


2010

Graduated from Nihon University Collage of Economics, Japan


2012

Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography, Japan



Selected solo exhibitions


2017

„Couleurs Tokyoïtes“ Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, Paris, France


2016

„Yoshinori Mizutani“ cm2gallery, Milan, Italy

„HANON“ IMA CONCEPT STORE, Tokyo, Japan

„Rain“ webber gallery, London, Great Britain

„COLORS – YUSURIKA“ aura gallery, Beijing, China

„SAKURA“ ibasho gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

„Yoshinori Mizutani 2010–14“ Tokyo Art Coordination, Tokyo, Japan

„TOKYO PARROTS | COLORS | Paris“ ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE / GINZA, Tokyo, Japan


2015

„Tokyo Parrots–Yusurika–Moonlight“ Galerie Au Premier, Zurich, Switzerland

„Yusurika“ IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
„Tokyo Parrots“ Aura Gallery, Beijing, China
„Yoshinori Mizutani“ (Pop Up Exhibition) Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp, Belgium
„Colors / Tokyo Parrots“ IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan



Selected group exhibitions


2017

„the amana collection 'new photography' “, IMA gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2016

„Tennoz Canal Autumn Festival“ Tennoz Isle, Tokyo, Japan

„Urban Green“ More Than A Gallery, Paris, France

„Seoul Lunar Photo Festival 2016“ Seoul, South Korea

„Fake Romanticism“ The Grand Summit, Beijing, China

„Tennoz Canal Summer Festival“ Tennoz Isle, Tokyo, Japan

„ASYAAF & Hidden Artists Festival 2016“ DDP, Seoul, South Korea

„TRES + TRES FOTOGRAFIA“ Embajada de Espana, Tokyo, Japan

„IMA gallery collection“ IMA CONCEPT STORE, Tokyo, Japan

„Festival Photo La Gacilly“ La Gacilly, France

„Map of Daily Life“ TAFA (Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Gallery), Tianjin, China

„Near Future Art / DOORS“ Istan Shinjuku 7F, Tokyo, Japan


2015

„Map of Daily Life“ 7th Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China

„Tokyo Parrots“ Biel Festival of Photography 2015, Biel, Switzerland
„Another Room“ Ima Concept Store (IMA gallery), Tokyo, Japan
„Summer Exhibition 2015“ ibasho gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
„SHASHIN! Japanese Photography Then/Now“ Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, China
„Young Portfolio 2014“ Kiyosato Museum of  Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan

„New Japanese Photography“ Doomed Gallery2, London, Great Britain
„Lumix Meets by Japanese Photographers#2“ Ima Concept Store, Tokyo, Japan


2014

„Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition“ East Wing Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
„LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2014 exhibition“ Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain
„Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition“ Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
„Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition“ Atelier Neerlandais, Paris, France
„Tokyo 2020“ Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland


2013

„Tokyo2020 By Japanese Photographers“ 1 Rue Richelieu, Paris / Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan

2010
„Those Born From Room“ Count Down Gallery Momozonogaro, Tokyo, Japan

2011
„These Days“ Gallery Mestalla, Tokyo, Japan



Awards


2014  

LensCulture  Emerging Talents Top 50 

Foam Talent, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Young Portfolio, Kiyosato Museum of  Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan


2013   

Tokyo Frontline Photo Award 2013 Jury Award  (selecting judge : Taisuke Koyama), Japan  

Japan Photo Award 2013 Jury Award  (selecting judge: Ivan Vartanian), Tokyo, Japan 


2012

Awarded Tokyo Frontline Photo Award 2012, Tokyo, Japan



Collection


Amana Photo Collection, Tokyo
Kiyosato Museum of  Photographic Arts (KMoPA), Japan