About

Yuki Shingai was born in Kagawa and grew up in Tokyo, Japan.

While she majored in International Politics at Keio University, she visited the Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective in 1997, which has been a tremendous influence on her artistic vision and aesthetics.

After university, she started her career as a TV commercial director at Dentsu Tec in 1999, where she worked on nationally-broadcast commercials and promotional videos for the major clients such as Mitsubishi, Subaru, House Foods, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, etc.

She was always so much interested in photography and worked with many cinematographers with photographic backgrounds. She also loved taking pictures with her point-and-shoot camera, but she never took it seriously until March 2009, when she finally realized it was "now or never" to shift her gear in life.

Six months later, in September 2009, she moved to New York to study photography and make more personal, intimate work. From September 2010 to June 2011, she studied fine art photography in the full-time program at the School of the International Center of Photography.

After gaining recognition in fine art and editorial photography, she obtained the artist visa (formally known as O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement) in 2012.

She lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work is highly conceptual and deals with absence, loss, traces, wounds in everyday life.

For her editorial work, please visit Solaris Photography.



新開 由季
香川県生まれ、東京育ち。

1999年、慶應義塾大学を卒業後、テレビCM制作会社である電通テックに入社。
ディレクターとして、CMやプロモーション映像などの企画・演出を手がける。
主なクライアントは、大塚製薬、ハウス食品、三菱電機、スバル、花王、メニコン、TEPCOひかり、AJINOMOTO・J-オイルミルズ、国土交通省など。

2009年、写真を学ぶためにニューヨークへ渡り、英語でのコミュニケーション能力を磨きながら、ほぼ独学でポートフォリオの制作をはじめる。
2010年、International Center of Photographyに入学。
ファインアートを専攻し、強いコンセプトに基づいた作品を数多く制作する。

2011年、ICPを卒業後は、本や雑誌などエディトリアルの分野でも活動をはじめる。
2012年、チェルシーのJulie Saul Galleryにて、Philip-Lorca diCorciaらとともにグループ展に参加。
東日本大震災をテーマにした作品がニューヨークタイムズ紙に取り上げられる。
同年、卓越した能力を有するアーティストに与えられるO-1ビザ(通称 アーティストビザ)を取得。

ロサンゼルス在住。

エディトリアルのポートフォリオは、Solaris Photographyでご覧いただけます。