Welcome to the Home Page of Masahiko Yanagisawa, a Professional Photographer.


Masahiko Yanagisawa (called Masa) turns his lens to various subjects including Dance Sports and other sport events. His place of work is not limited to Japan, but all over the world. Introduced below is only a part of his numerous works. Commissioned photographing for any subjects is welcome 24 hours a day. Just let him know. He will be there. He looks forward to seeing you somewhere in the world.


Profile of Masahiko Yanagisawa:

Born in Takayama, Gifu Pref., Japan
Graduated first on the list of the students from Economics Dept. of University of Shimonoseki Municipality. Joined Chunichi Newspaper.
Having worked for 7 years as a reporter, he left Chunichi Newspaper to take up his new career as a freelance photographer.
Got a first major job in Seoul Olympics. Published a photo book "The Beauty of the Strong Athletes1"
Published a photo book "Portraits of Challengers" featuring close-ups of the shining eyes of athletes.
Thereafter, energetically chased domestic and overseas big sports events like Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, and published his photos in newspapers, sports magazines, photo magazines and others.
Took part in the Sport Section of a book "Photo Technique by Categories," published by Motor Magazine to commemorate its 40 years anniversary.
Rendered a serialized photo essay "From the back of J League Goal" on Sunday issues of Mainichi Newspaper.
His serialized lecture on the "Sport Photo Technique," an integral part of "Photo Technique by Category" featured in "Camera Man," a monthly photo magazine, started to last 4 years giving enlightenment to the readers on AF Sport Photo Technique of New Age.
His photo titled "Ben Johnson, the King in Illusion" was displayed in the "Exhibition of Contemporary Photos Commemorating 50 Years Since the End of World War 2."
Published a photo book "Dance Dance Dance" from Genko-Sha, the publisher, featuring a number of dreamy and poetical images created by the use of a top notch AF Device.
Appointed to be a judge of Monthly Photo Contest in the monthly photo magazine "Camera Man."
A serialized essay "Invitation to the Hunting of Beauty" started in "Dance View" magazine.
Published his dance photos in various photo/camera magazines including Nippon Camera, Nihon Photo Contest, Photo Technique, Monthly Cameraman, CAPA and others.
His photos appeared in the cover and the opening page of "Canon Circle," the bulletin of Canon Camera Club.
Exhibition of his dance photos titled "Time of Dreams --- Shall We Dance by Masahiko Yanagisawa" was run in Canon Salons in all over Japan (Ginza in Tokyo, Umeda in Osaka, Fukuoka and Sendai), attracting a record-breaking number of audience in the exhibitions held in Canon Salons.
In a "Photo Technique," a bi-monthly magazine, his dance photo was selected to be the most popular photo of the issue (Jan.-Feb. combined issue), wining the largest number of votes from the readers over the cover photo and women’s portraits.
Started a serialized cover photo for the Dance View Magazine.
One of his photos was selected to adorn the IDSF World DanceSport Championships poster.
Along with the works of other famous photographers including Shotaro Akiyama, Shiro Shirahata, Yoichi Midorikawa, Kenzo Yamamoto, his photo collection “Blackpool” was selected to be published in the first batch of CD-ROM Photo Book Series (publisher, Griot).
His photo essay "The Way to a Professional Photographer" was serialized in the "Camera Man," a monthly photo magazine. Appointed to be a judge of sport photo category in the Categorized Photo Contest in "Camera Man" magazine.
Started a serialized article "Secret Tips of a Professional Photographer" in the "Nippon Camera" magazine.
Continues to be a judge of sport photo category in the Categorized Photo Contest in "Camera Man" magazine.

While actively engaged in shootings of sport photos in Japan as well as overseas, he also pursues artistic and esthetic images. Mr. Masuo Ikeda (an internationally renowned lithographer, deceased some years ago) had found his works in his photo book "Dance Dance Dance" quite impressive and commented "These photos bring up an image of a man and a woman dressed in costumes spring out into bloom in the darkness. That is the moment when a great photographer with utterly new talent has come into life." His sweet and dreamy works in the dance world attracted global attention, bringing him appointments from world-famous top dancers to take their photos. Unmistakably, he is one of the trendiest photographers, whom, not only the world of dance but also the whole world of photographers turns their eyes to.


Japan Professional Photographer's Society (JPS)
Association Japon de la Presse Sportive (AJPS)
Association Intenacionale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS)

Contact Address:

Masahiko Yanagisawa, Photographer's Office ( Sports Create )
Email : webmst@super-masa.com