OSAMU YOKONAMI, ASSEMBLY SERIES, 2015 —> Osamu Yokonami is a Japanese photographer who explores homogeneity and the relationship between individual and group identity in his work. For the series Assembly, he captured groups of girls dressed and acting uniformly, careful to exclude their faces. “There are collective portraits where girls wear the same clothes.
Each person has their own personality.
I try to keep a bit of distance between us in this work.
Then, the existence of each person disappeared and the existence of the group appeared instead.
The strength and beauty as collective entity stood out more by being in nature.
The expressiveness of the group was attractive.”
— Osamu Yokonami
WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE THIS WEEK: LIEKO SHIGA
Japanese photographer Lieko Shiga (b. 1980)'s intimate portraits, set amidst mystical landscapes and interiors, integrate her personal experiences and grander mythologies into surreal and fantastic scenarios. “My photographs render everything into reality: they are a way of bringing something back to life,” she says. “You can talk about photographs in terms of ‘shooting’—to ‘shoot’ with a camera like you would shoot with a gun. However, for me, taking photos is not like shooting something: it’s like being shot. I am shot, and the entire timeline of my existence is resurrected in the photograph.”
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Gion Matsuri is one of the three most celebrated festivals in Kyoto.
The festival spans the entire month of July, which culminates in the procession of gorgeous yamahoko floats with decorative halberds parading through the main streets on the 17th.