Masao Yamamoto was born in Gamagori, central Aichi Prefecture, in 1957. Since childhood he was imbued with the beauty of nature, living on the shores of the Pacific Bay.
Young Masao began to study painting under the tutelage of an artist well-known in his town. After becoming interested in photo, Masao decided to follow the path of artistic syncretism and erase the boundaries between painting and photography, as if between the fictional and the real world. His work is now a synthesis of photography and painting. He uses photography exclusively as a way of stopping time, and this results in poetic images that evoke memories and nostalgia in the viewer.
Yamamoto started working as a freelance photographer quite early, in 1975, when he was eighteen.
In 1993 he presented his first series "A Box of Ku". Yamamoto's visual language and working method is unique in its own way. Yamamoto makes very small prints, averaging 8 by 13 centimeters, sometimes larger or smaller, which he stamps in various ways - by tinting with tea, dyeing, carrying around in his pockets, crumpling, tearing, and rubbing in his hands for long periods of time.