2016 The Rendering The Spirit show, USA, Twelve Selected Artists

2015 Thirty for Thirty, UK, Selected as One of Thirty Emerging Artists

2014 The 62nd Nikkor (Nikon) Photo Contest, 5th Prize in U-31 Division, JPN

2013 The 11th Japan Photography Association, Award of Excellence

2013 The 17th Japan General Photographic Exhibition, Two Awards of Excellence

2013 The Embassy of The Republic Of Korea in Japan, The 1st Photo Contest, Selected

2013 Hasselblad & The Embassy of Sweden in Japan, Innovation Photo Contest, Finalist

2012 The 64th Chunichi Photo Contest, Selected

2015 Thirty for Thirty Art Book

2015 LCC Postgraduate Shows // Spotlight on (URL)

2015  Monthly Magazine of Chunichi Newspaper Photography Association

2015 Postgraduate Show, LCC, University of the Arts London

2015 Camera Work, the Leyden Galley, London

2015 Postgraduate Diploma in Photography, LCC, University of the Arts London

2014 BA in Management, Faculty of Economic, Sophia University, Tokyo

Yugo Ito is a Japanese photographer, currently based in London. He is trying to establish a connection with capturing the physical world in the belief that what we see is a result of the elementary particles of light once touch an object being perceived by the eye. This means that the elementary particles of light once touched the thing that you wish to preserve. These particles of light are then able to pass through a lens and be captured on a sheet of film. 

He has called this process Physical Linkage.

Through his works, he wishes that “Physical Linkage” becomes one of your reasons to choose a film camera instead of a digital camera. 


His unique theory is based on the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Unfortunately, there were many victims of the massive earthquake who lost their photographs taken over the previous ten years because they were only kept digitally. Although most of the photographs in their digital devices disappeared, many physical photographs such as prints were saved. since he heard of this story, he has aimed at enlightening people about how much important to keep photographs physically. Especially as a son of the fourth generation of his family-business photo studio, he would take over the studio one day and hopes for customers to have printed photographs as many as possible.


Although he mainly uses film cameras and analog techniques such as Wet-Plate collodion photography and daguerreotype for his works, he also uses a digital camera for his clients such as Airbnb, Recruit Marketing Partners CO.,Ltd(JAPAN).


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"Should Physical Linkage become one of your reasons to choose a film camera instead of a digital camera, I would be so happy. 

And also I wish the declining of the film photography market stops and people keep their photographs physically, not digitally. 

Because, photographs does not exist for the past, does exist for the future."

Yugo Ito

Daguerreotype Process

Daguerreotype, first successful form of photography, named for Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre of France, who invented the technique in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce in the 1830s.
Daguerre and Niépce found that if a copper plate coated with silver iodide was exposed to light in a camera, then fumed with mercury vapour and fixed (made permanent) by a solution of common salt, a permanent image would be formed. A great number of daguerreotypes, especially portraits, were made in the mid-19th century; the technique was supplanted by the wet collodion process.

These are all hand-made.

Wet Collodion Process

The collodion process is an early photographic process, said to have been invented in 1851.
his process differs from the previous photographic methods because rather than using paper, the light-sensitive materials are placed on glass. Prior to exposure, the glass is coated with a mixture of bromide, iodide, and chloride which is dissolved in collodion. This solution is applied to the glass and allowed to gel. While it is still wet, the plate is placed inside the camera and exposed to light. As it dries, the solution is no longer sensitive to light and a permanent image is created. Because the negative is on glass, it is on a more stable surface and the images can be more detailed than those caught on paper.



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Building process of my Hand-made large format camera

for Wet plate photography and daguerreotype


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A honeymoon round-the-world trip with a photographer

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