Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki


Iwase Yoshiyuki was born in Onjuku (1904 – 2001) a fishing village on the pacific side of the Chiba peninsula, which encloses Tokyo Bay on the east. After graduating from Meiji University Law School in 1924, he took up lifelong pursuits, heading the family sake distillery and documenting the receding traditions of coastal Japan. In the late 1920’s Yoshiyuki received an early Kodak camera as a gift. Since the main livelihood of the town came from the sea he gravitated there, and soon found a passion for “the simple, even primitive beauty” of ama – girls and women who harvested seaweed, turban shells, oysters (which sometimes had pearls) and abalone from beneath the coastal waters.

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

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Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki


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