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MAL / Yusa Marumoto  ――Portrait photographer with clinical psychology skills ――

Born in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture in 1966

Growing up in nature with the sea and mountains, Kumano Kodo and Nachi Falls, cultivating the foundation of sensitivity

He struck the gate of a photo office in a section of Shibuya and studied under commercial photographer Tadashi Toyama.

After independence, he brought his work to Paris VOGUE and held a solo exhibition in Paris, which received high praise such as an art exhibition in Southern France and a voice from the French National Photo Center at that time.

After returning to Japan, he mainly focused on celebrities, talents, models, etc., and worked on the covers and advertisements of many magazines. rice field.

In exploring portraits, we are currently focusing on the general public, and a port that includes profile photos for individuals, companies, managers, professionals, corporate officers, ballet dancers, butoh dancers, models, actors, artists, etc. This path, including retirement from the publishing and advertising industry, is provided with rates, but the title of his solo exhibition before becoming a commercial photographer was "Fragment de l'esprit". Is considered to have been natural.

After studying psychology from 2007 to 2008 and having 12 years of experience as a clinical psychology counselor, the concept of portrait photography using photography and psychology expertise and technology is called "existence recognition / STROKE". ..

Following that trend, "Edge of Life", which began with the introduction of a doctor in 2017, is aimed at people who are living while facing the life here, such as those with a short life expectancy, those with cancer or illness. The purpose is to depict the existence of the subject itself (existence recognition / STROKE) and a message to important people including the subject himself.

It expresses (existence recognition / STROKE).

In addition, a family photo taken with the person who was the subject and his / her family or loved one is also a record / portrait (existence recognition / STROKE) that the moment was lived / shared together, and depending on the situation, it is a grief. It can be said that it is a portrait with an important element of care.

In 2020, we celebrated our 30th anniversary as a photographer, and in the future we would like to establish a clearer position with the concept of "existence recognition / STROKE", which can be said to be life work.

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January 1994-: Held multiple solo exhibitions in Male and Opera districts under the title of "Fragments de l'esprit" in Paris, France.

June 2019: Held a solo exhibition at Choanji Temple in Yanaka, Tokyo, with the same title as the photo book "After 400 years of Choanji Temple", which pursued the year of the temple.

March 2020: To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his photographer, a solo exhibition with the title "Existence and Message / The answer you want is in that one" at Gallery ROCKET in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo. Held.

November 2020: Held a solo exhibition at the cafe and gallery Shelter KUKO attached to the hospital in Yoyogi-Hachiman with the same title.

March 2021: Held a solo exhibition under the title of "Existence Recognition / STROKE" at Osaka GALLERY SPARK.

[1990-2010: Portraits for Magazine, Advertisement & Magazine Cover]

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Manuel Legris, Kazuo Ohno, Alessandro Del Piero, Kazuo Hara, Joaquín Cortez, Asher, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Shota Matsuda,

Aya Ueto, Ryoko Hirosue, Haruka Ayase, Homare Sawa, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hiroto, Tamio Okuda ...  Many others

[Magazine & Advertisement]

UPLINK, Condé Nast Japan, Shodensha, Gakken, Kadokawa, Recruit, Women's Pictorial, Shinko Music, Shogakukan, Shueisha, Kodansha, Dentsu, Hakuhodo,

Tokyu Agency, Cosmo Communications ... etc.

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