Photographs by Yuhki Touyama.
AKAAKA Art Publishing, 2008. 102 pp., illustrated throughout, 11¾x7½".
Yuhki Touyama was born in 1983, which makes her part of a new generation of female Japanese photographers. Like some of her peers, she documents her personal life through photography, but she uses this format as a platform to express something deeper. She explores youth, friendship, sexuality, family and urban living, all in a serious yet un-dramatic way. It’s clear that Touyama is observing, not performing, and her muted black and white photographs suit this tone well. Touyama published “Line13” at 25, but it’s a statement well beyond her years.
Includes a biographical note in English.