Herbie Yamaguchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Herbie Yamaguchi is a Japanese photographer born in 1950, in Tokyo.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics before he left home for London in 1973, where he stayed for the next decade. In London, he joined a musical company and performed on stage as an actor for a while. Soon he started to capture the days with his camera and kept a lively record of the development subculture movements, especially the punk scene in the 70’s London as he was inspired by his own experiences.

Among his early works, his photographs of punk rock musicians such as Joe Strummer (The Clash) received high recognition. Once returned home to Tokyo, he kept visiting Europe to photograph artists and unknown people. Now he also writes for magazines and appears on TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at Osaka University of Arts.