Following the Crowd with Osamu Yokonami

Osamu Yokonami is a Tokyo based photographer who uses the medium of group portraiture as a means to explore concepts of collective identity.

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The work takes inspiration, from the philosopher Gilles Deleuz’s assertion that "individuals have become "dividuals," and masses, samples, data, markets, or ‘banks,’” by focusing on the personality of the group while each individual remains anonymous”. This concept expresses itself in a curious mixture of the iconic and the mysterious, as the images here reveal.

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"The images depict identically dressed girls acting in unison in familiar, dreamlike landscapes. With a subtle sense of humor, Yokonami creates idyllic, if not surreal, scenes that consider the fine line between innocence and vice and the interconnectedness we have with each other and with nature" - Osamu Yokonami

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Check out more of her work here.