Yamamoto Masao

Yamamoto Masao (born 1957 in Gamagori City, Japan) is a Japanese photographer known for his small photographs, which seek to individualize the photographic prints as objects.

Yamamoto began his art studies as a painter, studying oil painting under Goro Saito in his native city. He presently uses photography to capture images evoking memories. He blurs the border between painting and photography however, by experimenting with his printing surfaces. He dyes, tones (with tea), paints on, and tears his photographs. His subjects include still lifes, nudes, and landscapes. He also makes installation art with his small photographs to show how each print is part of a larger reality.

Of all the images Masao has taken, none has a discreet identity in terms of title; each piece is numbered but part of a continuous series. Like a community, the images are independent of one another but at the same time part of a collective. Masao Yamamotoʼs work is exhibited and included in many public and private collections nationally and internationally including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; The International Center of Photography, New York, and the Sir Elton John Collection.

The photographed showcased here are from the artist’s Kawa=Flow series, which the artist explains as being, “about the world where we are and the world where we go in the future. Although we seem to be connected continually there is a rupture between us in the present and those that went before us or that come next.
I tried to perceive this rupture as a Kawa (Flow, river) that divides a plain and expressed the resulting reflections in these works.”