Masao Yamamoto (b. 1957) is a Japanese photographer whose poetic photographss frequently depict the human body and the natural world. Trained as a painter, Yamamoto began to work with photography in 1975. His gelatin silver prints are typically small in size and convey a sense of tranquility and stillness. Yamamoto often alters his images by means of a process involving creasing, sanding, and dyeing which creates a patina accentuating the photograph’s subjective quality.
Yamamoto often presents his photos together in close arrangements or groupings and, because of this, the book format has served his work well. He has made several books, many of them with Nazraeli Press. Nakazora (2001) gathers Yamamoto’s photos on an eighteen-foot long scroll, while Ōmizuao (2003) is an accordion-bound book that opens to fourteen feet and is housed in a lacquered wooden box. The Path of Green Leaves (2002) chronicles the changes in scenery over five years on the route Yamamoto walked while taking his son to school. Yamamoto has also worked with 21st Editions to create Yamamoto Masao (2010), a book which features 12 platinum prints and 3 gelatin silver prints.
Yamamoto’s work can be found in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and the International Center of Photography, New York among others.
Books by Masao Yamamoto available from Boreas Fine Art:
Yamamoto, Masao. Yamamoto Masao. South Dennis: 21st Editions. 2011.
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