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Red River Pros: Kiyoshi TOGASHI

Kiyoshi TOGASHI at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Advertising and editorial photographer

Kiyoshi TOGASHI is an advertising and editorial photographer based in New York City. He specializes in still lifes, botanicals, cosmetics, jewelry and food photography for clients such as American Express, Cartier, Unilever, L’Oreal, Bon Appetit Magazine and Kraft Foods. His awards include a 2009 Graphis Photography Gold Award, an advertising Clio Award, several Communication Arts Awards and The Art Director’s Club Award.

Kiyoshi TOGASHI - Advertising and editorial photographer
© Photography by Kiyoshi TOGASHI

The Client

The New York Times. For the Dining In section of the newspaper.

The Assignment

Shoot a variety of unusual flavors of ice creams and sorbets to look like a Jackson Pollock painting on a white canvas.

The Execution

“I didn’t like how the original concept turned out so after the Times creative team left the studio I went to work alone to conceptualize, art direct and execute a unique photograph for them. I wanted the lighting to portray the feel of a hot summer day with strong sun shadows on the scoops.”

“I practiced for hours learning to make a good looking scoop and once I had the technique mastered, I would quickly make a scoop and rush it onto the set to shoot before it started to melt. It was very tedious and required many tries before I got the shape and fringe of each scoop perfect.”

“When the photograph appeared in the Times, a noted home economist called to compliment the photograph and asked who did the scoops. He could not believe that I did them all and did them without an assistant or previous experience.”

Post Production

“I shot the brushes, scoop and ice cream strokes on the canvas as one shot and then each of the seven scoops individually– all on Fuji Provia 100 F film. After digitizing the film using my Epson V 750 Pro scanner, I then composited them together in Photoshop CS3. It then only needed some basic clean-up and color saturation enhancement to complete it.”

The Output

Arctic Polar Luster was perfect match for the ice cream shot. I printed it with my Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and was impressed with its quality of whites, its cleanness, and its great depth that enhanced the colors. It’s also a very heavy (75lb) paper which makes it ideal for promotional post cards that we periodically mail to clients and art directors.

“I also like Aurora Natural C2S for my botanical shots that have very subtle color nuances. It brings them out beautifully and it also matches my feeling for nature.”


Kiyoshi TOGASHI’s work can be seen on his website:, and he can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phoning 212.420.0206.

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

Last updated: September 03, 2021

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