Yoko Lance is a photographer and a researcher based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Yoko grew up in Tokyo, and started her career as a writer for various magazines and books. Yoko migrated to Australia in 2001, and studied Bachelor of Communication at Griffith University, majoring in ‘Communication and Media study’ and ‘News and Magazine Photography’, extending her career as a photojournalist. Yoko also studied a Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours in ePhotojournalism at Queensland College of Art (QCA) Griffith University, and awarded for ‘Excellence in Research’. Yoko has completed her internship at the Gold Coast Bulletin, and currently working for the Nichigo Press, the largest and longest circulated Japanese newspaper in Australia. Yoko also won the Australian Postgraduate Awards scholarship, and now extending her research in social documentary photography as a Doctor of Visual Arts candidate at QCA, Griffith University.


Upcomming exhibitions and symposiums:


  • BrisAsia Symposium

Date: Saturday, 17 February 2018 9am-4pm

Venue: QPAC


  • Not So Soon solo Exhibition

Date: Tuesday, 15 May – Saturday, 26 May 2018

Venue: Webb Gallery, QCA, 226 Grey Street, South Bank




Academic publications:

2015     For Grief: A photographic social documentary of funeral directors and their experiences, published in Create World 2015 conference proceedings, AUC

(pdf is available from Research Gate)




2016     Not So Soon: a case study of mother-daughter relationship amid the fear of the mother’s impending death, AWGSA (Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association) conference 2016, Queensland University of Technology

2015     Not So Soon: dying with denial, fear and acception, Death, Dying and the Undead Conference, Central Queensland University

2015     For Grief: A photographic social documentary of funeral directors and their experiences, CreateWorld 2015 conference, Griffith University

2014     ‘For Grief’ Things we avoid talking about: Society’s denial of death and the stigmatisation of funeral directors, Life of Things Conference, University of Queenslad




2016     ‘Not So Soon’, associated exhibition of Head On Photo Festival, May 3 May – May 14 at Depot II, 2 Danks Street Gallery, Sydney

2015     ‘Not So Soon (work in progress)’, CreateWorld 2015 Conference, QCA Griffith University

2013     ‘Captain Eddy’, QCP (Queensland Centre for Photography) exhibition: July 13 – August 11 2013 at Brisbane, Australia

2012     ‘We are not afraid of water’, CAPTURED! Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia



Group Exhibitions:

2017     ‘Erehwon’,  January 11 – 22 at POP Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

2013      ‘Liminal’, November 2 – December 1, at Gallery 1, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Australia

2013     ‘A Book About Death’, October 18 – November 24, Tweed River Art Gallery, Tweed Heads




2013     Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2013 (for being the top 5% of students)

2013     Excellence in Research – Honours, Griffith University Gold Coast

2013     Student Culture Award – Honours, Griffith University Gold Coast

2013     QCA Gold Coast Student Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement

2013    Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2013 (for being the top 5% of students)

2013     Internship at the Gold Coast Bulletin

2013     Deputy Editor of the ARGUS

2012     Managing Editor of the ARGUS

2011 – 2012    Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2011-2012 (for being the top 5% of students)



Published: online publication:

2017     Erehwon exhibition catalog, ‘Erewon: from nowhere to now here’, ISBN: 978-1-9254-55-403, Brisbane

2015     ‘Not So Soon’, E-ZINE:2015 issue 1 – The Other, the ARGUS

2012     ‘Captain Eddy’, the ARGUS

2012     ‘Captain Eddy’, eMagazine Issue 1: November, the ARGUS



Published: major work on newspaper and magazines:

  • Interview with David Wheeler (Shakuhachi Artist), Nichigo Press, February 2015
  • Interview with Korokke (Japanese impersonation entertainer), Nichigo Press September 2014 &  January 2015
  • Interview with Tony Todd (Sushi Girl, Candyman), Nichigo Press, June 2013
  • Japan dominates the Gold Coast Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi and Yukiko Akaba, Nichigo Press,  August 2013
  • Interview with Midori Satsuki (Japanese celebrity), Nichigo Press, July 2013
  • Interview with Yuko Miyamura (Evangelion), Nichigo Press, June 2012
  • Front image and photos for feature articles,  Let’s Go, April 2013
  • Tambourine Mountain and O’Reilley’s, Nichigo Press, February 2012
  • Interview with Ayako Uehara (PGA tour golfer), Nichigo Press, March 2012
  • We are not afraid of water – Tsunami affected Japanese students, Nichigo Press, May 2012
  • Interview with the new Consulate-General of Japan (Brisbane), Nichigo Press, December 2011
  • ‘Sushi Day’, Nichigo Press, November 2011
  • Interview with Yutaka Kuchiki (lifeguard), Nichigo Press, October 2011
  • ‘Let’s drive to Tambourine Mountain!’, Nichigo Press, October 2011
  • Interview with the teenage 3/11 Tsunami survivors, Nichigo Press, August 2011
  • Interview with Momoko Ueda (PGA Tour Golfer), Nichigo Press, March 2011



Commercial Photography:

2013-2014     Event photography for the Arts Centre Gold Coast

2012     Arundel Hills Country Club,