In his latest series, Assembly, photographer Osamu Yokonami comments on personal identity within a social group. Over the course of many seasons, Yokonami depicts uniformed girls acting in unison, set against the vastness of nature. With this he achieves a simplicity that allows the individual girls to disappear, and the expressiveness of the group to come forward. The photographer considers the power of the dress a symbol that alternately marks or dissolves identity. Yokonami addresses almost all moods— from cheerful and light-hearted to melancholic and even eerie. He explores the fine line between light and darkness, innocence and vice while touching on notions about group dynamics, individuality, and anonymity.
Yokonami’s work was recently exhibited at the PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, and is represented by the DE SOTO GALLERY in Venice, California.
The artist has also exhibited in solo and group shows in Tokyo and has participated in the Daegu Photo Biennial. His personal and commercial work is widely known in Japan with his images appearing regularly in numerous publications. Yokonami is based in Tokyo, Japan.