Yoshinori Mizutani (1987) lives and works in Tokyo. Mizutani graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 2012. He has won a number of prestigious awards including Japan Photo Award in 2013 as well as Foam Talent Call and Lens Culture Emerging Talents Top 50 in 2014.
In 2016 during Photo London, Mizutani explored the parks and streets of London, registering their natural diversity in his own unique way. This has resulted in a small series consisting of 5 images.
'I have a growing interest in birds inhabiting Tokyo since I completed my previous series ‘Tokyo Parrots’. ‘KAWAU’, which is a Japanese term for cormorant, composes the second part of my trilogy on birds. Similar to the parakeets captured in ‘Tokyo Parrots’, kawau has increased dramatically in number over the past decade and now their over population is causing troubles to the human life as well as local ecosystem in several parts of the country. Despite their reported negative impact and reputation, it is breathtaking to watch a big flock of birds, and through my photography I want to reveal their existence, which makes our everyday urban landscape somehow surreal.'
'Cherry blossoms are so beautiful that I don’t think I’ve spent as much time looking at anything else. Facing a sakura tree, my eyes shift from one petal to another, from one flower to another until the whole picture is grasped. In ‘Sakura’, I attempt to visualize the move of my observing eyes, and crystallize the visual experience of meditating and wandering upon the blooming tree. As a result, the images shows that photography captures not only a specific moment, but also the passing of time.'
ABOUT TOKYO PARROTS:
Mizutani was moved by and became obsessed with the unusual population growth of lime green parrots in Tokyo. His photographs capture the strange urban landscapes and uncanny feeling created by the parrots’ presence.
On his encounter with the parrots Mizutani has commented:
‘When I first saw them I was afraid - I thought I was going to be attacked, like in Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. ‘
'The Tokyo Parrots are obvious in some ways. We would conceivably notice them ourselves were we to wander the particular streets of Tokyo they live near. But for sure we would not see them the way Yoshinori Mizutani makes us see and experience them. The photographer elevates what must be a strange spectacle in person, to bring us a different, equally strange, and compelling beautiful spectacle in the form of photographs.'
From Tokyo Parrots, an essay on Yoshinori by Jörg Colberg in FOAM Talent 2014.
“Yusurika” is the name of a tiny mosquito like insect in Japanese. Mizutani decided to base a series of photographs on this little bug because he constantly searches for nature within the urban environment where he lives. He believes this attraction to nature is related to his upbringing and the rural area where he was born.
‘Observing the wildlife allows me to once again recognise and think about the attractions it offers. While playing in the nature, I am exploring and reflecting upon my own past. It is this linking of memory and the genuine affinity towards the wildlife that I wish to express through my work.’
Yusurika encompasses more than the little bug alone. It is Mizutani’s poetic tribute to nature.
Mizutani's love for nature can be clearly seen in his series 'Moonlight' in which he has made a tribute to the mighty pine trees in the 'golden' moonlight.
In his earlier series 'Colors' Mizutani snapped photos of any curious thing that caught his curiosity. According to Mizutani are 'the themes of my work the everyday and the familiar. What is familiar to me, however, could be new to the viewer. It could also be revelatory or something previously overlooked. It is the viewers’ varied responses to and interpretations of images, which makes photography interesting.'
SOLO SHOWS IN 2015:
YUSURIKA, IMA Gallery , Tokyo
TOKYO PARROTS, aura gallery, Beijing
YOSHINORI MIZUTANI (IBASHO POP-UP EXHIBITION) Graanmarkt 13, Antwerp
COLORS / TOKYO PARROTS , IMA Gallery , Tokyo
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
TOKYO PARROTS, Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography 2015, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Another Room, IMA CONCEPT STORE (IMA gallery), Tokyo
SUMMER EXHIBITION 2015, ibasho gallery, Antwerp
SHASHIN! Japanese Photography Then/Now, Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery, Hong Kong
Young Portfolio 2014, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (KMoPA) , Japan
NEW JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY ,DOOMED GALLERY2, London
LUMIX MEETS BY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHERS #2, IMA CONCEPT STORE , Tokyo
Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition,East Wing Gallery, Dubai
LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2014 exhibition, Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona
Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
Foam Magazine Talent 2014 exhibition, Atelier Neerlandais, Paris
TOKYO2020, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
TOKYO 2020 By Japanese Photographers, 1 Rue Richelieu, Paris / Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan
THESE DAYS, Gallery Mestalla, Tokyo, Japan
Those Born From Room, Count Down Gallery Momozonogaro, Tokyo, Japan
- YOSHINORI MIZUTANI
- Tokyo Parrots 012
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- F09 — AIPAD
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- F06 — UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR
- #12 — SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016
- #09 — YOSHINORI MIZUTANI: SAKURA
- F05 — PHOTO LONDON
- F04 — PAN AMSTERDAM
- #05 — PHOTOGRAPHER HAL - IBASHO POP-UP
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