Small Things in Silence
Small Things in Silence
Small Things in Silence

Small Things in Silence

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Small Things in Silence
by Yamamoto Masao
2014
144 pages
30.8 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm
Hardcover

Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto (born 1957) trained as an oil painter before discovering that photography was the ideal medium for the theme that most interested him―the ability of the image to evoke memories. Small Things in Silence surveys the 20-year career of one of Japan's most important photographers. Yamamoto's portraits, landscapes and still lifes are made into small, delicate prints, which the photographer frequently overpaints, dyes or steeps in tea. Edited and sequenced by Yamamoto himself, this volume includes images from each of the photographer's major projects―Box of KuNakazoraKawa and Shizuka―as well as installation shots of some of Yamamoto's original photographic installations. In the words of Yamamoto himself: "I try to capture moments that no one sees and make a photo from them. When I seen them in print, a new story begins."

YAMAMOTO MASAO

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.

Small Things in Silence