Takenobu Igarashi: Design and Fine Art

GRAPHIS PRESS recently commissioned me to photograph the renowned Japanese graphic designer and artist, Takenobu Igarashi, for his new book, “Takenobu Igarashi: The creative journey of a Japanese Master”.  I flew to Sapporo to meet the artist, scout, and plan a three day portrait and documentary film.

 My favorite portrait of the artist and the one chosen by Graphis for his book. This location was also used for his video interview in  my short documentary

My favorite portrait of the artist and the one chosen by Graphis for his book. This location was also used for his video interview in my short documentary

 Capturing Takenobu Igarashi’s still portrait for the book.   

Capturing Takenobu Igarashi’s still portrait for the book.

 

 Sakura Nomiyama, Design Historian for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Takenobu Igarashi visit the artist's Dragon Spine sculpture in Hokkaido.

Sakura Nomiyama, Design Historian for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Takenobu Igarashi visit the artist's Dragon Spine sculpture in Hokkaido.

 One of many sculptures exhibited in the Kazenobi atelier+gallery (dedicated solely to Takenobu Igarashi’s art) in Hokkaido, Japan. Thousands of shapes cut freehand by the artist make up this enormous painted wooden sculpture.

One of many sculptures exhibited in the Kazenobi atelier+gallery (dedicated solely to Takenobu Igarashi’s art) in Hokkaido, Japan. Thousands of shapes cut freehand by the artist make up this enormous painted wooden sculpture.

 One of seven portrait situations that Igarashi sat for during my three days in Hokkaido.

One of seven portrait situations that Igarashi sat for during my three days in Hokkaido.

 Sapporo, Japan stairwell with graphics designed by Takenobu Igarashi.

Sapporo, Japan stairwell with graphics designed by Takenobu Igarashi.