From an early age Yusuke experienced a diversity of cultures and a curiosity to see the world. He grew up in Los Angeles but spent summers in Japan, his second home, where he listened to his grandparents' stories and wandered seamlessly through historical sites and modern cityscapes.
His creative journey began with an obsession for shaping clay and spending time in the darkroom as a student at UCLA's art program — a multidisciplinary environment where he discovered artists like Edward Hopper, William Eggleston, and Jeff Wall who influenced his way of viewing images through a cinematic lens and his sensibility for composition, light, and color.
Photography as a form of documenting everyday life, minimalist design and the aesthetic of wabi sabi have since influenced his work in cinematography. Today, he continues to find inspiration through traveling and working in new places, collaborating with talented artists, and embracing new avenues of expression.
Yusuke joined IATSE Cinematographers Guild in 2012, working in the camera department for movies and shows including "The Defenders" (Netflix) and "The Americans" (FX). He and Austin have become good friends working together on camera crews and collaborative film projects.