Yoshihiro Makino was born and raised in Tokyo, where the urban environment and eclectic culture both informed and inspired his photography path. Currently residing in Los Angeles, his work takes him around the world capturing interiors and portraits for a vast array of editorial, private, and commercial clients.

His recently published book ‘The Open Hand: Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh’ is a photographic essay on the modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India, which remains one of the major touchstones of 20th-century architecture. He also collaborated with the Japanese fashion brand Untitled on their 20th year anniversary book capturing untitled works of art in the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, Gagosian Gallery, MOCA, and the Centre Pompidou.

Clients include ASICS, New Balance, Vince., Subaru, Honda, Bridgestone, Francfranc, The Conran Shop, Blue Bottle Coffee, The Future Perfect, Studio Shamshiri, Christie’s, Moon Juice, Japan Airlines, Atelier Delphine, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Harpers Bazaar Japan, Dwell, Wallpaper*, and Monocle.

Publication

THE OPEN HAND

Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh
A Photographic Essay by Yoshihiro Makino
Edited and Designed by Tamotsu Yagi

The modernist architect Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex at Chandigarh, India, remains one of the major touchstones of 20th-century architecture. Commissioned by the government of India after gaining independence, the complex of brutalist concrete structures has become a pilgrimage site for architecture lovers and scholars for the past six decades.

These structures have been photographed many times, but Japanese photographer Yoshihiro Makino takes a different approach. Rather than documenting the buildings, Makino’s photographs are meditations on the architects’ objectives for the new city, and intended to be portraits of the architecture. Taking its name from Le Corbusier’s monument for Chandigarh, The Open Hand— which symbolizes “the unity of mankind… open to give and open to receive.”—this publication is a visual metaphor for the unfolding experience of the Chandigarh.

Composed of two accordion folded books in a slipcase, these saturated and poetic images evoke Le Corbusier’s intention that his buildings are both a metaphor of a free society, and also the means to achieve that freedom.

“The Open Hand” Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh
A photographic essay by Yoshihiro Makino – Autographed

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