From the publisher: "The photographs of Japanese artist Masao Yamamoto remind one of postcards or snapshots, records of intimate moments that are at once fleeting and eternal, private and universal. Bent, frayed and stained, the jewel-like prints -- most of which are small enough to fit into the palm of a hand -- transcend their medium and become more than their subject."
Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota is known for pushing the developing process and the potential of analogue image-making to the extreme, thereby introducing imperfections and visual noise in the photos he creates. He often re-photographs prints up to ten times, injecting layer upon layer of distortion and, in the process, emphasising the mediums inability to represent past events accurately or truthfully. His experimentation with delay, reverb and echo in this sense is inspired by certain strains of electronic music, playing with the way one perceives time and altering it in a visual way.
Below the water's surface, two bodies, one room: in a sort of Flatland of the mind, transfigured by Daisuke's vision, bones and skins diminished their weights, hungering for their shapes. Daisuke chases the time, adorns visionary landscapes with dust and erotism, lingers on the steamed glass, still breathing.
Daisuke Yokota is photographer who was born in 1983. In 2011, his self published artist book "Back Yard" had great feedback and dramatic diffusion. Start by that, he expands his work frame at both home and abroad and he held his solo exhibition "site/cloud" at G/P Gallery in Japan, published photo book from Artbeat Publishers, and became first winner of "The Outset | Unseen Exhibition Found" competition at Unseen Photo Fair 2013, and now he holds a same title solo show at Foam Museum in Amsterdam. So it can be said that he becomes one of important artist who take a leads of further contemporary photography field. Until today, he has used various techniques of photographic development such as high temperature development, retouching by Photoshop, duplication.
Featuring the most prominent names in contemporary Chinese photography, these pocket-sized monographs explore the extraordinary diversity of the genre and showcase a creative, liberated, and unique artistic perspective. The collections present an obscure tableau of modern Chinese society, from magnificent landscapes and never-before-seen industrial compounds to the desires of China’s new youth and its growing sociopolitical challenges. The imagery from some of the most exciting artists working today—including “the invisible man” photos of Liu Bolin and the world-famous coal miner portraits of Song Chao—is prefaced with a concise essay that explains the background and inspiration of each featured photographer.
Yang Yongliang is China’s most promising young photographer. Born in Shanghai, the mutations of his city have given him the inspiration for his highly detailed photo montages, iconic witnesses of an ever changing world where the city takes over nature, skyscrapers replace trees, and cranes continuously reshape the environment. Drawing inspiration from Chinese traditional ink-wash paintings, his works put him at the center of the emerging posttraditional movement. Ecologic fables swarming with detail, Yang Yongliang’s photo montages link China’s past with its unique modernity, and point forward toward a disconcerting, disorienting future.
Japanese artist Kimiko Yoshida creates wonderfully intricate self portraits that reference history in an effort to extend a feminist challenge. In her own words, Yoshida is challenging the "contemporary clichés of seduction, voluntary servitude of women, subjection to identity membership and the determinants of heredity." Her monochromatic square-format photos take inspiration from mythical and historical icons like Medusa, Athena, Louis XIV, Quetzacoatl, Andy Warhol, and Mona Lisa. Each photo features extensive costuming and painting, resulting in fantastic, singularly distinct photos comprising a cohesive series.