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Tokyo Portraits – Maezawa Yuusaku for Forbes

Earlier this year I was commissioned by Forbes to photograph a portrait of Maezawa Yuusaku, the billionaire CEO of Zozotown and art collector who has gained notoriety recently for dropping a record amount of money on an original Basquait.

Unfortunately at the time of shooting the Basquait wasn’t available to be photographed alongside Mr Maezawa, so here he is pictured alongside his original Picasso in one of his offices at his Chiba headquarters.

When I first entered the office the wooden wall really struck my fancy as I knew it would look gorgeous lit with my strobes, however there wasn’t anywhere to hang the Picasso. This meant that they would have to knock some holes into that beautiful wooden wall in order to hang the painting for the photos – something which I was loathe to ask for, however once I checked out every other area I could use for photos I became convinced that this was my spot. A little bit of polite wheedling and assurances that the photos would be worth the effort, Mr. Maezawa himself gave the OK and the Picasso was mounted on the wall just like I wanted.

The rest of the shoot went well, with Mr. Maezawa being a great photo subject, showing his playful side for a few frames, and I think the Picasso looks great where it is!

Photos shot with Hasselblad H5D-40 and 80mm and 150mm lenses. Lighting is Profoto B2 with two heads. Maezawa Yusaku, Zozotown for Forbes (1)

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