Tokyo-born Yusuke Komatsu’s photos examine the quietly persistent expressions of everyday life in the city, interpreting elements of weather, urban structures, negative space, and people through his insightful gaze. His interest in photography began in university as a graphic design student, researching street typography for a class project. Wandering the streets with camera in hand, he found himself happily engrossed and ultimately enthralled by the famous street photography that he happened upon. Today, in addition to his own photography, he continues to pursue his graphic design career and is co-owner of a design shop.
After moving back from Hong Kong following graduation, Yusuke first began taking photos of Tokyo as a new way to get to know the city of his birth. He found Tokyo to be an ideal locale for his street photography, in sync with and inspiring to his perspective as a graphic designer with its vibrant mix of lines, colors, forms, and shapes. His approach continues to evolve, and he now shoots with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 for his street photography and edits solely with Lightroom.
Yusuke's images are featured in Trope Tokyo, the fourth volume in the Trope City Editions series, which showcases the quiet traditionalism and sleek futurism of one of the world’s greatest cities.