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Stapled Flesh… The Surreal Photos of Kansuke Yamamoto

Kansuke Yamamoto

Looking at Kansuke Yamamoto’s photographs, it’s easy to overlook the fact that in creating these surreal images, he was risking imprisonment. In the mid-1950s, Japan was not a place that fostered creative expression – rather it cracked down on any artist who attempted to subvert the establishment and the government-sanctioned way of thinking. As a result, he went the DIY route in publishing his work, by starting a photography magazine centred on pictorial works, entitled Dokuritsu (“Independent”), where his images were first introduced to the world. While upon first glance I didn’t feel overly challenged by his work, after spending some time with it I find it highly creepy and unsettling. The weird shapes and lines are jarring and beautiful at the same time. Below enjoy some of Kansuke Yamamoto’s disruptive works…

 

Via Dangerous Minds

 

 

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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