Working from a Zen philosophy of “emptiness”, Yamamoto makes images that are essentially vignettes of nature and our intersection with it, ruminating over the passage of time and memory. His finished prints are miniature treasures – averaging 3 x 5 inches and smaller – that are toned, stained, torn, marked, rubbed and creased. One has an experience of looking at a group of found vintage photographs, telling a familiar yet unique story. Printed on uncoated Japanese paper in an oversized format, é comprises 59 photographs on 21 double-pages, including a double gatefold that opens to 52 x 16 inches.
"Masao Yamamoto has designed a scroll measuring over eighteen feet long, printed in process color on uncoated Japanese stock. The timelessness of Yamamoto's imagery is beautifully echoed in scroll format. A striking marriage of traditional and hi-tech materials and production techniques, Nakazora redefines the term 'artists' book'"--Publisher's blurb.
"Limited to 1,000 copies"--Colophon. Issued in hardwood box (5 x 11 x 31 cm.). "Omizuao is an accordion-bound "pillow book"--A collection of landscapes, flowers and female nudes. The artist has used the accordion-bound format to create an installation which measures some 14 feet when fully opened, but which can also be viewed as 45 individual spreads ... hand bound in two clear-lacquered hardwood covers, and presented in a matching wooden box."--Publisher's blurb.