The photobook "Kumo" is a continuation of Osamu Yokonami’s “Assembly” series, in which the Japanese photographer probes the meaning and relationship between individuality and collectivity, individualism and collectivism, (self-)expression and withdrawal.
Through photographs of a group of young women dressed in school uniforms within natural landscapes, Yokonami visually explores questions about the group and the individual in Japanese (or collectivist) society. Remarkable about his approach is the gentle and non-confrontational nature of his photographs, achieved through careful choreography, playful compositions and an almost nostalgic choice of colors.
“The clouds serve as a common denominator in Osamu Yokonami’s (b. 1967, Japanese) continued exploration of youth, collectivity and anonymity. The utopian settings in "Kumo" depict an analogy of the cultural homogenization of society’s interconnecting networks; the social system—as a visual metaphor, the strength of a group can overcome individual actions.” (from the publisher’s description)