Yoshimitsu Umekawa (1976-) is a Japanese photographer born in Tokyo.
In 1998, he served as assistant to Irina Ionesco (French female photographer) in her workshop in Japan, which was what lead him to go to Paris to study more about photography. While in Paris, he was highly praised for his works by Jeanloup Sieff. Since returning to Japan in 1999, he then has worked extensively for culture magazines, CDs, advertisements and exhibitions as a freelance photographer.
He has photographed a number of domestic and international musicians such as Daft Punk, Missy Elliott and Senor Coconut. He also does art/photo directions for CDs as well as PV directions. His photography has a reputation for his unique lighting, black-themed composition and the usage of deep and vivid colors. His representative work is a series of [FANCY HEAD] which features underground culture scenes in Tokyo.
The theme of his recent works includes Yokai (Japanese monsters) and new religions in the world.
2004 "CPF meet TORI EXHIBITION" at CPF (Tokyo, Japan)
2004 "TORI EXHIBITION" at tranqroom (Kyoto, Japan)
2005 "N.W.B.A Public/image." at YAMAHA EXREALM (Tokyo, Japan)
2005 "FREMED" CURATED BY SURFACE TO AIR at BBS (Tokyo, Japan)
2007 "FANCY HEAD" YOSHIMITSU UMEKAWA×KENSEI YABUNO at BEAMS GALLERY (Tokyo, Japan)
2007 "THE ROYAL HOUSE exhibition" at MONKY GALLERY (Tokyo, Japan)
2007 "POCKET FILMS Festival in Japan" -theme program- at shinko kaijyo (Yokohama, Japan)