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Sayuri was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1985. After graduating from Tokyo Visual Arts College in 2006, she worked as a photo studio assistant at Iino Media Pro in Tokyo for three years. She moved to London in 2009 where she worked as a fashion photographer and then moved to New York in 2012 where she worked as a digital photo retoucher in the fashion industry. In 2014 she shifted her focus away from commercial photography to pursue her own photographic interests and projects. She received the Japan Photo Award in 2016 for her ‘Deja Vu’ series - a house series inspired by the memory of her childhood dollhouse. In 2018 she was selected among the winners for the Fotofilmic 18 Shortlist Show held in Canada in June for her ‘Mayu’ series - which features Mayu, a Japanese born ballerina performing in NY. In 2018 the ‘Mayu’ series was also exhibited at the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Barcelona, Spain in October, as well as in the touring exhibition LUMIX MEETS BEYOND 2020 BY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS #6, which was presented in Amsterdam in September as part of Unseen Amsterdam, in Paris in November as part of Photo Saint-Germain and at IMA gallery in Tokyo in December.