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Microcosms Macrocosms.

Photographs by Yamamoto Masao. Design: Yuta Nakajima. Production: Shinohara Paper Works.
T&M, Japan, 2019. 66 pp..

Publisher's Description

Bonsai is a series of photographs that capture the traditional beauty of Japan. The bonsai pictured live in small pots, surviving only with the care of human hands and water among the majestic scenery of Mt. Yatsugatake area and the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The Japanese title of this work, Shuchu Itteki, is a word coined by Yamamoto, based on the teachings of Zen Buddhism, 'A drop of dew dwells in the universe.' Both Yamamoto's photos and bonsai were created as if squeezed out of people's hands as they faced nature. In them is a world where together people, art work, and nature pursue the ultimate beauty. Yamamoto expressed the essence of this world as Shuchu Itteki, in which a large universe was condensed into a small universe, symbolized by a small bonsai.

In order to create a publication which represents the Japanese tradition of bonsai through modern photography, Yamamoto combined contemporary design and materials with traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques. Each book is individually bound in a Japanese-style bookcase by craftsmen in Hakushudo, then stored in a special sleeve case.

Yamamoto Masao (born 1957) trained as an oil painter before turning to photography. His portraits, landscapes and still lifes are silver prints that are delicately toned and sometimes overpainted / dyed. Among his previous publications are Small Things in Silence (RM / Seigensha, 2015), and Tori (Radius, 2017). He has his first solo museum show in Japan at Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, 2019.


Limited Edition of 60 copies: Housed in a cloth covered box, each Limited Edition includes a copy of the book with one of three prints, each hand-made and toned by the artist, as well as a certificate of authenticiy, Signed and Numbered by the artist.

Print Size: 9 x 7–inches; Special Box Size: 13 x 13–inches

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