Ryosuke Takamura is a Japanese photographer with a singular focus: Documenting life in the Fukui Prefecture where he lives. He sees it as his life’s mission – to represent the people there and show what life is like in this quiet, sleepy part of Japan.
There’s such an incredible contradiction in this work. The banal scenes of life in Fukui are somehow made poignant and meaningful, purely because Takamura focuses his lens on them. On one hand this photography could be called ‘hyper-documentary’ – there are multiple scenes of people simply waiting for things, on the other hand they are imbued with such meaning all at the same time.
Take a look at more of his work below!