Tori by Masao Yamamoto

Photographer Masao Yamamoto celebrates a lifelong obsession with birds (tori means “bird” in Japanese) through this series of silent and peaceful images. Known for his unique style, which blurs the border between painting and photography, Yamamoto often dyes, tones, overpaints and tears his photographs.

Born 1957, Yamamoto grew up in the Japanese countryside. From an early age he used to look up at the sky, study the movement of the clouds and be mesmerised by airborne creatures such as birds and butterflies. These feelings of fascination with animals, particularly birds, as well as nature have never quite left him and are beautifully captured in this book.