1936 Born in Tokyo.
Graduates from Tokyo Junior College of Photography (currently Tokyo Polytechnic University), Department of Photography.
Enters Kuwasawa Design School; withdraws in August.
Three-person show (Shin Yanagisawa, Yoshihiro Tatsuki, Takashi Kasanuki) “AdLib3” (Fujifilm Photo Salon).
Shows Deisuteine no buyodan no odoriko (Dancers from the Destiny Dance Troupe) in “Contemporary Japanese Photographies 1959” (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo).
Receives the Japan Photo Critics Association Newcomer’s Award for Futatsu no machi no taiwa (Dialogue Between Two Cities) and Tappi (Cape Tappi, Aomori).
Shows work in “Fifteen Photographers Today (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo).
Shows work in “Neue Fotografie aus Japan” (Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz, Graz, Austria; travelling thereafter).
Shows work in “11 Italian Photographers + 11 Japanese Photographers: Eye – Camera – Reality” (Istituto di Cultura Italiano – Tokyo)
Solo exhibition, “Tracks of the City” (Olympus Gallery, Tokyo)
Publishes Tracks of the City (Asahi Sonorama)
Publishes Hokuriku Kiko (A journey in Hokuriku) (Shuei-sha “Nihon no Kokoro: Gendai Nihon Shashin Zenshu” 11).
Shows work in “Eleven Photographers in Japan 1965–75” (Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum)
Shows work in “Tokyo: A City Perspective” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Publishes Photographs 1964–1986: Shin Yanagisawa, edited and with commentary by Naomi Yanagimoto (Shoshi Yamada)
Solo exhibition “Photography / Italy / Shin Yanagisawa” (Konica Minolta Plaza, Tokyo)
Passes away on 2 June
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan