Born in 1957 in Gamagori, in the Japanese prefecture of Aichi, Masao Yamamoto is a photographer who began his art studies as an oil painter under the supervision of Goro Saito in his hometown. Masao subsequently discovered that photography was the ideal medium for the theme that most interested him: images with the ability to evoke memories.
Small Things in Silence offers a perspective on twenty years in the career of one of Japan’s most important photographers. It includes images from each one of Yamamoto’s major projects – A Box of Ku, Nakazora, Kawa, and Shizuka – as well as images from some of his original photographic installations.
Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto explores the emotional power of photography, creating small-scale silver gelatin prints that highlight the relationship between photography and memory. He works with a range of subject matter, from the nude female body to the landscapes and natural wildlife that he encounters in the Japanese countryside.
His early series, A Box of Ku and Nakazora are comprised of palm-sized photographs that the artist has subjected to a process of artificial aging, creasing or staining them, so that each one is imbued with a timeless quality. Described as “visual haikus,” these photographs reveal the beauty that is found in the often-overlooked elements of daily life – a flock of birds in the sky, or a chipped ceramic bowl.
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Book Specs: Design David Kimura + Gabriela Varela; Texts Jacobo Siruela; Hardcover; 208 pages / 276 photographs; 24 × 30 cm / 9.4 × 11.9 in; English / Spanish; ISBN 978-84-17975-01-2; €50.00. Available here.