Photo Basel: Virtual Edition, 2020

June 17 - 24, 2020

Etherton Gallery exhibits at inaugural virtual edition of Photo Basel


Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce that it is participating in the inaugural virtual edition of Photo Basel. The fair runs through June 24, 2020. Our interactive booth can be accessed through the Photo Basel website


The gallery is exhibiting a selection of 32 photographs by eminent Japanese photographer Yamamoto Masao. Our booth highlights four bodies of work made over the course of his career including: A Box of Ku, Nakazora, Kawa=Flow, and his newest project, Bonsai.


Yamamoto is best known for making small hand-worked gelatin silver prints that address the relationship between photography and memory. His subject matter ranges from the female nude and traditional still life, to the landscapes and wildlife he encounters in the Japanese countryside where he makes his home. His deceptively simple images are layered with different ideas about time. On one hand he encourages the viewer to engage with photography in the present, as an intimate, tactile experience by rubbing, creasing and tearing his prints. Yamamoto even experimented with carrying his prints in his pocket at one time. Yet this treatment combined with the delicate toning and hand coloring of his photographs - which often explore ephemeral moments in nature - give his images an ambiguous timeless quality.  Held in your hands or framed on the wall, Yamamoto's photographs project a calming beauty that invite repeated looking.


Yamamoto Masao was born in 1957 in Gamagori city, Aichi Prefecture in Japan. He studied painting before taking up photography full time in 1993 and has published over a dozen books since then, most recently Bonsai: Microcosms Macrocosms (Shinohara Paper Works, 2019). His photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan, Russia and Brazil. Yamamoto Masao’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; International Center of Photography, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Sir Elton John Collection, the J.P. Morgan Chase Art Collection, and other private, corporate and public collections. He lives in Yatsugatake Nanroku, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan where he enjoys creating his work while being close to nature.


To inquire about any of the photographs in the Etherton Gallery booth at the virtual edition of Photo Basel, please call the gallery at (520) 624-7370 or email us at