Publisher Note

Staged on a farm in rural Japan, externaling Higashikawa in Hokkaido, Osamu Yokonami’s images demonstrate his particular use of photography as an artistic medium. Working with straightforward camera angles, Yokonami transforms ordinary bodies, farming tools and the local produce into haunting images—unexpectedly absurd and familiar. Headless figures, an aubergine-masked face, an abandoned baby on a paper bag, a topless character submissively kneeling in the grass while balancing two large tomatoes on their back.
The series suggests a performative and complicit moment between the photographer and the people portrayed. As one feels the vulnerability of the subject facing the lens, one wonders: who is playing who in this image?


Small Town

by Osamu Yokonami

Release Place Stockholm, Sweden
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2023
Writer: Tony Cederteg
Artist: Osamu Yokonami
Printrun 1000
ISBN-13: 978–91–88113–62–7
Subform Photobook
Topics Portraits
Methods Photography
Language English
Format hardcover cloth-bound with tipped-in image
Dimensions 24.5 × 28.5 cm
Pages 64