Yojiro Imasaka employs a classic 8 x 10 camera in densely vegetated woodlands, spending hours observing subtle changes in the primeval scenery. After days of monitoring climate variations, he captures highly-detailed images of a universal landscape on a large format negative. Then, in the darkroom, he performs delicate toning and other alterations that create a distinctive custom hue. Like an Impressionist, Imasaka’s work reinterprets nature, extracting a final glow from its increasingly eroded state.
Yojiro Imasaka was born in 1983 in Hiroshima, Japan and relocated to the United Sates in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA in photography from Nihon University College of Art Photography Department in Tokyo, Japan in 2007, and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2010.
Imasaka’s photographs have been seen in solo and group exhibitions, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, New Jersey City University Gallery, Art Project International in New York, a solo presentation at Paris Photo in France 2018 presented by Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery in New York, among others. His works have been purchased by such notable collections as San Jose Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mead Art Museum/Amherst College, Carnegie Museum of Art, and multiple private collections.
His publication includes “U.S.A -Untitled Scapes of America- (2014) which received a prize and exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum, and “Trade Winds” (2018). Yojiro’s works have been profiled by multiple publications, including the Wall Street Journal, China Post, Relief magazine, ART OUT MUSEE, Whitewall Magazine and VOGUE Online.