Kenji Wakasugi is a Japanese photographer born in Osaka, Japan.
Graduating from Tokyo Technical School of Photography, he started to work at Roppongi Studio in 1970.
Since 1975 he has been working as a freelance photographer.He took photographs to put out a book and
write a weekly column for a magazine, while travelling around China and Nepal between 1988 and 1995
and also South Pacific Islands and Patagonia between 1997 and 2002.
He has worked mainly as a portrait photographer for some magazines taking photographs of well-known
writers,presidents, scholars、world celebrities and others. Now he is creating his works by combining
Japanese traditional arts and his photography as the focal point of his expression.

1997 the Art Directors Club 76th annual awards (Merit Award for “My Shangri-La”), New York
Books and Magazines
1994 Collection of Photographs; “3P” published by Doumeisha.
1996 Collection of Photographs: “My Shangri-La” published by Hirakawa
1997 Exhibition My Shangri-La at Canon Salon in Ginza, Tokyo A photo book My Shangri-La received a prize in the Art Directors Clubs
2000~01 Weekly Takarajima “Islands That A Spell Had Been Cast On”
Series Photos / Writings published by Takarajima.
2021 Collection of Photographs: “Madonna – Adore Volume 1” published by NJG Studio
Collection of Photographs: “Madonna – Adore Volume 2” published by NJG Studio
1997 “My Shangri-La” Exhibition at CANON SALON in Ginza, Tokyo
2002 “Cosmo Tree” Exhibition at Japanese Embassy in Belgium
2014 “DIORAMA (Fusuma Photography)” at Nikon Salon in Ginza, Tokyo
2016 “Fusuma Photography-Synthesis” Exhibition at iPPodo Gallery in Tokyo-New York
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ippodo gallery Tokyo Ginza
2017 “Fusuma Photography ” Exhibition at Tokyo American Club in Tokyo
2021~22 “Synthesis II -「Adore」Madonna and Fusuma Photography” Exhibition at iPPodo Gallery in New York
2015 Donation to the Auction at the Museum of photographic Arts, San Diego
Artist Talk
2021 with
Kenji Wakasugi (artist)
Felice Fischer (curator emerita of japanese and east asian art at philadelphia museum of art)
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Public Collection
2016 Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
People he took
photographs of
World Celebrities:
Well-known Writers, Presidents, Scholars、Musicians, Actors such as Madonna, Glenn Close, Boz Scaggs,
Hall & Oates, Richard Gere, Richard Branson, Jeffrey Archer, Cong Li, Morgan Freeman,
Alain Dominique Perrin (former President of Cartier), Jacues Jean Delos, Dalai Lama, Imelda Marcos,
Franklin Covey and others
Japanese Celebrities:
Writers, Scientists, Journalists, Businessmen such as Kazuo Inamori, Hiroyuki Itsuki, Kunio Yanagida
and others.
Kenji Wakasugi Official Site:
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