Front and Back Cover, image source: Self Publish, Be Happy
"The surreal photo collages by the Japanese artist Naohiro Utagawa create psychological landscapes that are as fascinating and surreal, as much as they appear daunting and even violent at times. The primary source material for Utagawa are photographs which he cuts, tears, bends, crumbles and folds. In so doing, Utawaga does not only subvert the traditional application of photography, but he also reinterprets it: here photographs are not just created through the click of a button, but they are assembled, put together or installed much like a sculpture artist uses clay for instance. The effect that he creates by using or even abusing photographs in! such! manor is that he defamiliarizes the photographic print as a material object."
(Extract from Naohiro Utagawa’s Psychological Landscapes)