Masao Yamamoto (Gamagori, Japan, 1957) originally trained as a painter, has been a free-lance photographer since 1975. His images are essentially vignettes of nature and the human 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. His marring and tainting of the prints in this manner results in a kind of accelerated aging.
Yamamoto has had many solo exhibitions including: Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York (2008); Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan (2007); Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris (2006), at the PDX Contemporary Art in Portland (2005) and in 2000 at the Santoka Gallery Sincerite in Toyohashi and at Sepia International in New York. The work of Masao Yamamato was as well presented in group exhibitions including: Chorus of Light Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection at the High Museumof Art in Atlanta (2000), at the Modena per la Fotografia 1999, Modena and at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1999).
His work is currently displayed among the following collections: Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, The International Center of Photography, New York, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and at the Portland Art Museum. The work was also included in different publications such as: The Pass Of Green Leaves (2002), Nakazora (2001), A box of Ku (1998) and é (2007) all published by Nazraeli Press.