Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore An exhibition of works by Masao Yamamoto, a photographer who pursues the mystery and beauty of nature, will be held from September 26th (Tuesday).

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[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] An exhibition of works by Masao Yamamoto, a photographer who pursues the mystery and beauty of nature, will be held from September 26th (Tuesday).
Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZA SIX 6F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold an exhibition of photographer Masao Yamamoto’s works titled “Kurayami – In Darkness, the Light” from Tuesday, September 26, 2023 to October 16, 2023 ( It will be held at GINZA ART SQUARE in the store during the period (Monday). On display will be original prints (gelatin silver prints) of works published in a collection published in July of this year, Echizen Japanese paper piezography, and glass wet plate works that will be exhibited for the first time in Tokyo.
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Special page| overview
Photographer Masao Yamamoto pursues the mystery of nature and continues to challenge the ultimate beauty created by humans and nature. His delicate and poetic photographic works and installations are highly acclaimed internationally, and his works, which focus on concise and skillful compositions and the beauty hidden in everyday life, have been likened to haiku poems that can create infinite interpretations with minimal elements. It may happen. His works have been exhibited in Europe and America, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the European Museum of Photography, and are housed in famous institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, Yale University Art Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum. In July of this year, the collection of works “Kurayami” was published by France’s iikki books as Yamamoto’s second collaboration with musician Teru Uchida. In this exhibition, the works published in “Kurayami” will be displayed together with the same collection and rare books by Yamamoto published in the past. In addition to gelatin silver prints produced using an analog process that utilizes unique toning techniques, we will also exhibit four glass wet plate works called the “collodion process,” which will be exhibited for the first time in Tokyo.
On “Kurayami – In Darkness, the Light”
One voice of the sho
The light that fell from heaven
Let’s place it in the dark.
Searching for the substance within the light painting…
The eternity of a priest’s prayer is like crawling on the earth. I will sow seeds in my tanda
September 2023 Masao Yamamoto
Work introduction
◆Echizen Japanese paper piezography
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KAWA=flow washi edition #1684 2/5
◆Gelatin silver print
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Ambrotypes AM#40 Unique
Collection details
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■Photobook “Kurayami” (photobook sold separately)
Photo|Masao Yamamoto
Collection specifications | Hardcover, 25.7 cm x 24.8 cm, 96 pages Price|9,350 yen + tax
*The copies sold at Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore are autographed. ■Photobook “Kurayami” + Vinyl LP (sold as a set of photobook and record) Photo|Masao Yamamoto
Music | Akira Uchida
Collection specifications | Hardcover, 25.7 cm x 24.8 cm, 96 pages LP specifications | Edition number included, digital download code included, 12-inch black vinyl
Price|13,200 yen + tax
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*Records included in the set version
About sales
Both exhibited works and collections will be sold in stores and on the online art marketplace “OIL by Bijutsu Techo.”
In-store|Sales start from 10:30 on Tuesday, September 26th
OIL by Bijutsu Techo|Sales start from 10:30 on Friday, September 29th
Masao Yamamoto/Masao Yamamoto
He began taking photographs at the age of 16, and after studying painting, he began presenting works using photographic techniques (mainly gelatin silver prints). Starting with an exhibition in San Francisco in 1994, he continued to exhibit in the American market, and in 1996 a solo exhibition was held at Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY. In 2006, he began active exhibition activities in Europe. Exhibitions are held at museums and galleries not only in Europe, America, and Japan, but also in Moscow and Sao Paulo. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets such as the NY Times and other art magazines. He lives at the southern foot of Mt. Yatsugatake in Yamanashi Prefecture, where he continues to work in an environment surrounded by nature.
[Exhibition history]
“AMBROTYPES” Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
“Tomosu” Gallery Albert Baumgarten, Freiburg, Germany
“New Works” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
“Tomosu” Fifty one Gallery, Antwerpen
“New Works” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica,LA
“La vie simple” Galerie Stefan Vogdt, München
“Un monde dans la main” Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
“Son Album” La Fabrique du Pont d’Aleyrac, Ardeche France
“Yamamoto Masao” Musee Mallarme, Paris
“Bonsai” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
“Itteki” Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY
“Yamamoto Masao” Kiyosato photo Art Museum, Yamanashi Japan
“Bonsai” Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg Germany
“Bonsai” Robert Koch Gallery, SF
“Bonsai” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
“Bonsai” Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
“Tori” VALID FOTO, Barcelona
“Microcosms Macrocosms” Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
“Microcosm Macrocosm” Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
“A Box of Ku” Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
“Yamamoto Masao” Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Brazil
“Tori” Craig Krull Gallery, L.A.
“Tori” Etherton Gallery Tucson,US
Exhibit details
Masao Yamamoto’s exhibition “Kurayami – In Darkness, the Light” Venue|Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore GINZA ART SQUARE
Date: September 26th (Tuesday) to October 16th (Monday), 2023 Hours|According to business hours *Until 17:00 on the last day Contact us|03-3575-7755 (during business hours)/ *Show dates are subject to change.
Sponsored by Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore
Cooperation|Mizuma Art Gallery
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