想像?妄想?思春期の“少女”から広がる写真家・長谷川圭佑の世界 The provocative images of high school girls that are causing a stir in Japan.


School girls lying sprawled out amongst scattered textbooks, the glimpse of a forbidden meeting underneath the cover of the hydrangea plants – these are just a few of photographer Keisuke Hasegawa’s compellingly provocative images that are engaging a powerful response.

好きなものを撮るだけ Capturing youth

写真家・長谷川圭佑が撮る写真の対象は“少女”だ。女子学生をモデルにした写真を撮ること自体は、特別珍しいものではない。しかし、長谷川が写す“少女”たちは、いわゆる“女子学生”とは異なる。“元気!!” “明るい!!” “楽しい!!” といったパワフルさやイマドキ感はなく、そこには“儚さ” “憂鬱さ” など、思春期特有の“闇”が見える。



Keisuke Hasegawa likes to photograph high-school girls. It may sound creepy, but in a country where schoolgirls are worshipped as the ultimate symbol of “kawaii”, it’s really not that much of a big deal. Well, at least it wouldn’t be, if the girls in his photos weren’t so dark and obscure. Straying away from the typical happy-go-lucky cutesy schoolgirl image, Hasegawa captures adolescence in its rawest, most shocking form, fuelling uncomfortable reactions from viewers and prompting social debate on childhood innocence and purity.

Why does Hasegawa choose to photograph schoolgirls? His answer is simple and plain. “Because I like them.” His sole reason for buying a camera was in fact so that he could photograph schoolgirls. And what about his spooky locations including ruins and abandoned buildings? “Because I like them.” Excellent.

Hasegawa may not have meticulously planned his subjects and style, but his works naturally hold the power to make the viewer think. They play on people’s delusions and imagination as they try to work out the story behind the puzzling images, and leave a deep impression that can’t easily be forgotten.

少女×少女 Girl on girl

長谷川の作品集「少女寫集シリーズ」は、主にヴィレッジヴァンガードの一部店舗と展示イベントで販売されているのみ。にもかかわらず、合計販売冊数は5000部を突破した。なかでも目を惹くのが、「少女寫集 百合の咲く頃に」だ。“百合”をテーマに、“少女”と“少女”の友情や愛情を写した作品集である。大人世代には受け入れがたいテーマかもしれない。しかし、Z世代の少女たちには、この“百合”が身近に感じられる、興味のあるテーマになっているようだ。

The book showcasing Hasegawa’s schoolgirl series is on sale only at a small selection of Village Vanguard shops in Japan. Nevertheless, he managed to sell over 5000 copies within the first few weeks. The book is becoming part of a wider a social commentary on female sexuality in Japan that is hard to ignore. The themes of friendship and romance intertwine and tangle, touching on taboo and breaking tradition.

“Let’s eat lunch together”, “let’s go to the toilet together” and “let’s get matching clothes” are all common phrases in adolescence, often forgotten as we get older. Hasegawa zooms in on that awkward stage in a teenager’s life where they begin to explore their sexuality and blossom.

楽しみ方さえ間違えなければ大丈夫 “You only have one life to live”




Hasegawa first took up photography in 2010 whilst he was a university student. After graduating and finding work in his hometown, he continued his activities as a photographer, building up a huge social media following on Twitter to the point where he quit his job to take his hobby full time in 2015. He now works on the 6jomaProject to promote up and coming indie artists.

As for Hasegawa’s message for generation Z? “You only have one life to live. Everybody grows old and everybody dies. You could die in a year, next month or tomorrow – nobody knows. You mustn’t forget that fact. You have to live in the here and now. As long as you don’t take it to extremes, don’t forget that it’s okay to enjoy the present. Of course, the future is important, but it’s what you do now that’ll shape that.”

To those who are living a troubled ‘now’ and can’t see the future: embrace the darkness like Hasegawa’s schoolgirls. You have nothing to lose when you’re finding yourself.

長谷川 圭佑


Keisuke Hasegawa

Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1988, Keisuke Hasegawa started to photograph schoolgirls in his university years, eventually becoming a full-time photographer in 2015. He has over 30,000 followers on Twitter, where he uploads his works regularly. Hasegawa is involved in a wide range of creative projects challenging the usual photography stereotypes.