Iwao Yamawaki (1898-1987) was a Japanese architect, born as Fujita Iwao in Nagasaki. He studied architecture at the Tokyo School of Arts. In 1930 both Yamawaki and his wife Michiko became students at Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, where he developed a strong interest in making photographs.
During the period from 1930 to about 1933, Yamawaki focused his camera on architectural studies (both interior and exterior), portraits, and still lifes, making straight images, dominated by contrasts of line and form, often taken from unexpected steep angles and viewpoints (reminiscent of Moholy-Nagy or Rodchenko). His work is representative of the theories being taught at the Bauhaus, emphasising simple, sculptural forms. The pictures themselves are well composed, stylish and elegant, brimming with the confidence of modernism.
After his time in Germany, Yamawaki returned to Japan and restarted his career as an architect, and while he continued his interest in the teachings of the Bauhaus, his work as a photographer came to an end. That said, his short career with a camera produced some superior images.