FRAY THE EDGES, EXPERIMENTING THE LOOK: MASAO YAMAMOTO

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Masao Yamamoto, born in 1957, is a Japanese freelance artist, both painter and photographer. Worldwide known for his small photographs, his images seek to individualize prints as real objects and evoking memories. Yamamoto began his art studies as a painter, studying oil painting under Goro Saito in his native city. In his art he blurs the border between painting and photography, experimenting with his printing surfaces; dying with tea, painting on and tearing his photographs. The resulting photos are little jewels. His main subjects are still-lives, nudes and landscapes. The aesthetic power of the pictures is unique, refined, subtle and powerful at the same time. The photo prints are small, sometimes even minuscule, and require a profound observation but the experimental look, with frayed edges and color additions seem to mark by time the photographs. Yamamoto narrates no prefabricated story offering a glimpse into a harmonious world that is visible for everyone, but not perceived by everybody.

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