book by yamamoto masao
about the book
hardcover, 93 images / 156 pages / texts by A.D. Hope, Emily Dickinson, Santoka, Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens / radius books, santa fe
As a small boy growing up in the Japanese countryside, photographer Yamamoto Masao enjoyed looking up at the sky. From his classroom window, he would gaze at the windblown clouds, mesmerized by airborne creatures such as birds, butterflies and winged insects. He sometimes dreamed of riding on the back of a bird and flying away to faraway places.
Yamamoto’s career as a photographer began in 1993. One of Japan’s most important living photographers, Yamamoto has taken many different approaches to photography over the past 20 years. But what has remained constant is the artist’s belief that humans are just a small part of nature, united with it and part of it. Throughout his career, Yamamoto has often returned to animals, particularly birds, as a subject, reflecting his childhood fascination with the creatures and his eternal commitment to the unity of humanity and nature.
With Tori, the photographer departs on yet another artistic journey, with a new series of quietly moving animal images (tori means “bird” in Japanese). Yamamoto asks himself, and his viewers: What do we see, and what do we identify with, in birds?
Yamamoto Masao (born 1957) trained as an oil painter before turning to photography. His portraits, landscapes and still lifes are silver prints that are delicately toned and sometimes overpainted/dyed. Among his previous publications is Small Things in Silence (RM/Seigensha, 2015) Where We Met (Lannoo Publishers 2012)
artist's book by
with a text by ilma rakusa
edition of 100, signed and numbered
ex. 1/100 - 20/100 CHF 60.--
ex. 21/100 - 40/100 CHF 80.--
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