Masao Yamamoto

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Untitled #1515, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print © Masao Yamamoto
KAWA=FLOW#1529, 2008 © Masao Yamamoto Collection MEP. Don de l’artiste.
Untitled #1508 , 2007 Gelatin Silver Print 5 X 8.5 Inch © Courtesy of the artist & Yancey Richardson Gallery
Untitled #960 (from a "Box of Ku") , 2002 Gelatin Silver Print 5 X 3.5 Inch © Courtesy of the artist & Yancey Richardson Gallery
Untitled #764 (from a "Box of Ku") , 2000 Gelatin Silver Print 3 X 4 Inch © Courtesy of the artist & Yancey Richardson Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Yancey Richardson Gallery
#149 from A Box of Ku, n.d. Gelatin Silver Print With Mixed Media © © Masao Yamamoto
© Courtesy of the artist & The Lisa Sette Gallery
Nakazora N°1175 (détail) © Courtesy galerie Camera Obscura
Quick Facts
Gamagori City, Japan
Birth year
Lives in
Yamanashi, Japan
Works in
Yamanashi, Japan
Representing galleries

Masao Yamamoto is a freelance photographer known for his small photographs, which seek to individualize the photographic prints as objects.Using the camera to capture suggestive, observational imagery, Yamamoto provides the viewer with an experience quite similar to that of reading haiku. His photographs are simple, unparticular images that give little to the eye, but offer up the ingredients for a deeper engagement of the work on some emotional or personal level.

Yamamoto studied 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, tears his photographs. His subjects include still-lives, nudes, and landscapes. He also makes installation art with his small photographs to show how each print is part of a larger reality.


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