“In my work, I look for beauty in scenes that evoke a sense of nostalgia and timelessness, two elements that I believe are fundamental to all of my photography.”
There is a simple honesty and tenderness to Sayuri’s style that reveals an indisputable affection towards her subjects. For the past few years, her focus has been landscapes, portraiture, and themes of identity and self.
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. She 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 won the Japan Photo Award in 2016 for her ‘Deja Vu’ series - a house series inspired by the memory of her childhood dollhouse. In 2018 her series ‘Mayu’ - named after a Japanese ballet dancer - was selected for several group shows, among which the touring exhibition LUMIX MEETS BEYOND 2020 BY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS #6, which was presented consecutively in Amsterdam, Paris and Tokyo. In June 2019 Sayuri was selected as one of eight photographers to participate in “TODAY is - Next generations of DAIDO MORIYAMA” - a photographic exhibition organized by Sony, showcasing work focusing on the neighborhood of Shibuya, Tokyo.