Small Things In Silence
Some exciting Japanese photography related events happening this month in New York as I previously posted. Currently I am in for the Japanese Photo Book lecture at ICP on Saturday, April 25 (ticket in hand) but I am on a wait list for the NYPL Symposium. I really want to see and hear Naoya Hateyakama speak. There is a lot more interest in Japanese photography than I had anticipated. But still lots to experience the weekend of April 24-26.
I was surprised and delighted to see a new book by Masao Yamamoto on the Shashasha website. I would think it would have had a little more fanfare in the current New York photo environment. If you don’t know what Shashasha is please take the time to checkout the website. It’s a website setup to promote Japanese photography and photo books. Yamamoto is far and away my favorite contemporary (i.e. living) Japanese photographer. While he maybe contemporary his images aren’t. They are small, contemplative images and full of the quiet mysteries of the Universe. Yamamoto conscientiously rejects the modern practices of huge images and garish, saturated colors. His images are of a scale where the viewer has to reach in with his eyes and heart in order to get to the image.
The new book is a retrospective of his work but presented in a slightly larger format than in his usual publications like A Box of Ku or Omizuao. The book is bound with a beautiful blue cloth and the cover has a tipped in photo. There is also a nice introduction by the artist offering a perspective on twenty years of his work. If you are not familiar with the work of Masao Yamamoto then this is a really wonderful introduction. The book is available from Shashasha and Amazon.