Noted Photographer Michael K. Yamaoka Explores Nature and Artifice in New Exhibition "Saturation & Serenity"

  Noted Photographer Michael K. Yamaoka Explores Nature and Artifice in New
                      Exhibition "Saturation & Serenity"

Evocative photographs to be displayed at Atlantic Gallery's new Chelsea, NYC
location from Jan.8-Feb.1

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Michael K. Yamaoka takes a new
direction in his evocative photography at the Atlantic Gallery in its new
location in Chelsea, New York, January 8-February 1, 2013.

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"Saturation & Serenity" explores the tensions between color and form, surface
and depth, the ravages of time and the timeless. In photographs of startlingly
intense color and almost palpable texture, Mr. Yamaoka captures the
embellishments nature has added to the artifacts man has created. The
brilliant color, inherent, but often subdued in the original images, has been
enhanced in these new works, to depict a heightened reality.

"The color and texture were already there," says Mr. Yamaoka, "but muted—not
readily apparent. What I've done is bring out the beauty in places and things
that goes unnoticed. By manipulating the images digitally, I offer another
view of such mundane things as a crumbling wall, or reflections in water, so
they can be seen as art." Indeed, the colors and especially the textures in
these large digital prints are so hyper-real that the surfaces seem to

Born in Japan, Mr. Yamaoka studied at Waseda University in Tokyo and graduated
with a degree in photography from Art Center College of Design in California.
He began his career in commercial photography at BBD&O in New York before
opening his own studio, where his clients included AT&T, Toshiba, General
Electric, PepsiCo, Time-Life and others of the Fortune 500 list.
Simultaneously, he built a body of personal work, making images of day-to-day
encounters outside the studio.

After the death of his son in 1997, Mr. Yamaoka concentrated solely on his
personal photography, publishing a book, Odyssey, A 35 Year Photographic
Journey, and establishing a scholarship in his son's memory. Shooting
extensively worldwide, he continued to develop the themes of texture,
stillness, and singularities, in details that capture the passage of time. He
has exhibited in critically acclaimed solo shows in New York, Tokyo, Kyoto,
Nuremberg, in many cities in Bavaria, Germany, and at the German Consulate in
New York. Mr. Yamaoka's work is included in private and corporate collections
worldwide, and in 2008 he was honored when I.M. Pei requested a print for his
personal collection.

Says Yamaoka, "I invite you to share moments in time and place captured with
my camera; of beauty created deliberately by man or coincidentally by nature;
a celebration of our precious world."

The Atlantic Gallery is now located at:
548 W 28th Street New York, NY
Room 540
212 219 3183
Gallery Hours: 12-6 PM Tuesday-Saturday

The exhibition runs from January 8-February 1, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:30-8:30 PM
Second reception: Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:30-8:30 PM


Janet Doyle

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