Rui Yasue (b. 1984) was born in Nagoya, Japan, and is currently based in the Central African Republic. He majored in Political Science at Nanzan University in Nagoya. During his university times, Yasue spent a year studying the Arabic language at Cairo University in Egypt. After graduating in 2008, he started working for an NGO based in Nagoya, coordinating between Iraq and Japan to facilitate medical training for Iraqi medical personnels, in addition to engaging in photojournalism projects in the Middle East, the professional relationship continues to this day.
Also known as Publista, Yasue is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, Yasue entered the world of visual storytelling in the field of commercial photography, he gradually expanded his skills and expertise to include videography, specifically through the use of stop-motion techniques. Throughout his career, he has ventured across the diverse landscapes of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, participated in a multitude of client-based projects, taking on responsibilities not only in creating visual content but also coordination and translation.
Since 2019, SYNONYM has been closely involved in multiple collaborations with the photographer working on various projects, including the curation and production of a group photography exhibition titled (extra)ordinary, exhibiting Yasue’s work Broken Hearts, which tells a poignant story about love and death. Starting from August of 2023, Yasue embarked on a journey back to Egypt with the purpose of documenting projects through photography and videography.