Masao Yamamoto

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Masao Yamamoto
Masao Yamamoto in Moscow (2009)

Masao Yamamoto (山本昌男 Yamamoto Masao?, born 1957 in Gamagori City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese freelance photographer known for his small photographs, which seek to individualize the photographic prints as objects.


Yamamoto began his art studies as a painter,[1] studying oil painting under Goro Saito in his native city. He presently uses photography to capture images evoking memories.[2] He blurs the border between painting and photography however, by experimenting with his printing surfaces. He dyes, tones (with tea), paints on, and tears his photographs. His subjects include still-lives, nudes, and landscapes. He also makes installation art with his small photographs to show how each print is part of a larger reality.

21st Editions recently published Yamamoto's work in two limited editions, a Deluxe Edition ($9000) and Prism book ($750).


  • Kawa=Flow, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica. January 2011.
  • “KAWA=FLOW”, Fifty One Fine art photography,Antwerp, Belgium 2009
  • “KAWA=FLOW”, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; 2009
  • "YAMAMOTO MASAO". Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica. January 2008.
  • "Kawa=Flow". Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York. September October 2008.[3]
  • "YAMAMOTO MASAO" PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; 2007
  • Nakazora Quinzaine photographique Nantes, France; 2007
  • Nakazora GALERIE GABRIEL ROLT, Amsterdam; 2007
  • Nakazora, GALERIE CAMERA OBSCURA, Paris; 2006
  • Installations, HACKELBURY FINE ART, London; 2006
  • é, MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Tokyo; 2006
  • é, GALLERY SINCERITE, Tyohashi; 2006
  • “é“, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; 2005


  • A box of Ku, Nazraeli Press, U.S.A., 1998
  • Nakazora, Nazraeli Press, U.S.A., 2001
  • Santoka, Harunatsuakifuyu sousho, Japan, 2003
  • Omizuao, Nazraeli Press, U.S.A., 2003
  • é, Nazraeli Press, U.S.A., 2005
  • YAMAMOTO MASAO, 21st Editions, U.S.A., 2011
  • 川KAWA=Flow, Kochuten Books, Japan, 2011
  • Where we met, Lannoo Publishers, Belgium, 2011. A collaborating book with Belgian drawer and painter Arpaïs Du Bois.


  1. ^ Barnett, Laura (20 May 2006). "Masao Yamamoto's 'Nakazora' series". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Art:Masao Yamamoto". The Portland Mercury. 5 December 2002. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ [1]

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