He started photographing when he was 16 years old. He also studied painting but later chose gelatin silver print as his media. His first gallery show in the U.S. was in 1994 in San Francisco. In 1996 he had a solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. His works have been shown in Europe since 2006. Besides Japan, U.S.A., and Europe, his museum and gallery exhibitions were held in Moscow Sao Paulo. Media coverage includes NY Times and other major art magazines. Yamamoto lives in Yatsugatake Nanroku,Yamanashi Prefecture where he enjoys creating his work while being close to nature.


2023-Kurayami "In darkness, The Light, IIKKI, FRANCE
2021-SON ALBUM, T&M Projects, Japan
2020-Sasanami, IIKKI, FRANCE
2018-Bonsai "Shuchu Itteki" T&M Projects, Japan
2016-Tori, Radius Books, USA
2014-Small Things in Silence, editorial RM, Barcelona
2005-é, Nazraeli Press, USA
2003-Omizuao, Nazraeli Press, USA
2001-Nakazora, Nazraeli Press, USA
1998-A Box of Ku, Nazraeli Press, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023-"New Works" Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
"New Works" Gallery Fifty one, Antwerpen
"New Works" Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica,LA
2022-“La vie simple” Galerie Stefan Vogdt, München
2021-“Un monde dans la main” Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
“Son Album” La Fabrique du Pont d’Aleyrac, Ardeche France
“Yamamoto Masao” Musée Mallarmé, Paris
“Bonsai” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2019-“Itteki” Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY
“Yamamoto Masao” Kiyosato photo Art Museum, Yamanashi Japan
“Bonsai” Galerie Baumgarten, Freiburg Germany
“Bonsai” Robert Koch Gallery, SF
“Bonsai” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta GA
“Bonsai” Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


National Gallery of Canada
Microsoft Art collection
Yale University Art Gallery, CT
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, FL
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City
Art at Swiss Re / Zurich, Switzerland​
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Center for Creative Photography (CCP), Tucson, AZ
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Victoria&Albert Museum, London
Meison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris
Quinzaine photographique Nantes, France
Forum für Fotografie , Köln / Germany
Fondation d'entreprise Hermès / Paris

Books from YAMAMOTO Masao