Portraits, still-lifes and photomontages | Iwao Yamawaki (1930-1933)

 Iwao Yamawaki, Lunch (12-2pm), 1931                                    Iwao Yamawaki, Bauhaus Building, Southern View, Dessau, 1930-32
Iwao Yamawaki, Porches and clock, 1930                                     Iwao Yamawaki, Cafeteria after lunch, Bauhaus, Dessau (1932)
Iwao Yamawaki, Hand With Ring, 1930                              Iwao Yamawaki, Hands playing the piano, 1932
 Iwao Yamawaki, Portrait of a Man Smoking. 1931                        Iwao Yamawaki, Portrait of woman, 1930-32
Iwao Yamawaki, Articulated mannequin and shadow, 1931                                   Iwao Yamawaki, Articulated Mannequin, 1931
Iwao Yamawaki, Tea-glass by Josef Albers, 1933
Iwao Yamawaki, Four walkers from above, 1930-32                                    Iwao Yamawaki, Two heads, 1930-32
Iwao Yamawaki, Attack on the Bauhaus, 1932                                     Iwao Yamawaki, Typewriter, 1930

Iwao Yamawaki, Self-portrait, 1930 - 32 
Iwao Yamawaki, Bather collage, 1933


Iwao Yamawaki is an interesting figure at the intersection of modernism and the history of Japanese photography. He began his career as an architect but became dissatisfied with Japanese practices. For that reason he travelled to Germany in 1930, where he enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus in Dessau. He started studying architecture at the Bauhaus, but soon moved on to the photography section where he produced architecture photography, portraits, still-lifes and photomontages. The photographic methods of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans had a big influence on him. Yamawaki continuously analysed the relationship between photography and the design of spaces, and he often tried to interpret the connection between human beings and architectural space in his pictures.



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