Yoichi, a Tokyo native, studied at the Eikoh Hosoe workshop/photography school. His diverse background includes: photography and photo editing work for "Yu" magazine, published by Kosakusha; freelance photography for magazines like "Brutus" and "Tarzan; and advertising assignments from clients such as Shu Uemura and Asahi beer among others. He also created an experimental film, "Still Movie" which he entered into local and international film festivals. Nagata is also the co-founder and Editor in Chief of a quarterly online magazine called "Fraction Magazine Japan."
The photographs below are selections from three projects by Yoichi. The first is called SkyEarth The Last Paradise where he photographs the sky and earth on the island of Tuvalu. Inspired by the landscape of the moon Yoichi began imagining if creatures lived on the moon what would their first experience on earth be? The second project is called Sky for Papalagi where he captures reflections and double images on the sides of gargantuan skyscrapers that populate our modern metropolises encouraging the viewer to rethink our cities from the ground up. In Star of Stars the final series, Yoichi photographs fancifully costumed club goers in Tokyo, the modern basara or kabukimono (social rebels). Unlike the outcasts of yesteryear, the club goers do not judge one another's ideas, but instead respect differences and work on refining the details of their looks towards expressing an even deeper profundity of spirit.