Masao Yamamoto, ‘1319’, n.d., Lisa Sette Gallery

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About Masao Yamamoto

In his delicate black-and-white photographs, Masao Yamamoto tries to capture the harmonious details of life that most of us miss. He gained initial renown for his multi-part installations consisting of tea-stained, torn, and creased prints that, through their evocation of antiquity, encourage reflection on memory and the passage of time. More recently, the painter-turned-photographer has presented larger, though still subtle, single-framed prints of depopulated Japanese nature scenes, as in the series “Kawa=Flow” and “Shizuka=Cleanse”. In describing his quietly beautiful work, Yamamoto explains that he feels “the presence of many ‘treasures’ breathing quietly in nature,” which he tries to capture “with both my eyes and my camera.” He calls this presence “Shizuka,” meaning cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted. Nude women elegantly floating amidst black backdrops are another frequent subject.

Japanese, b. 1957, Gamagori City, Japan, based in Yamanashi, Japan

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Tori by Masao Yamamoto, GALLERY FIFTY ONE, Antwerp
2017
Tori, Masao Yamamoto, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland
2016
Tori, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2015
Masao Yamamoto: New Work/Kawa=Flow, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
2013
Masao Yamamoto, Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix