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).


"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


Building process of my Hand-made large format camera for Wet plate photography


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Everyday Records with Date-Stamp. 

"Physical Linkage"
"Oblivion Terror"