Usami Masahiro

Born in Chiba, Japan, 1972

Lives in Tokyo, Japan

Education

 

1997

B.A in Visual Communication Design, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2015

“Manda-la” , Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017     "ART|JOG|10:Changing Perspective", Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

2016

Art Photo Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea

 

“Why are we doing what we are doing?”, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore

 

“Impacts!”, Gallery Ohrin, Ibaraki, Japan

2015

“The 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: War and Peace“, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima, Japan

 

Awards

 

2010

Japan Advertising Photographer Awards

Silver, Cannes Lions

Finalist, Busan International Advertising Festival

Silver, Bronze, New York Festivals Intertising Awards

Bronze, London International Advertising Awards

2009

Japan Advertising Photographer Awards

Regional large billboard, Regional Ambient/Guerilla, Regional Point of Purchase, Regional Most Innovative Outdoor Idea, Singapore Outdoor Advertising Awards

2008

Japan Advertising Photographer Awards

 

Commercial Photo, Ad of the year Awards

Japan Advertising Photographer Awards

Dentsu Advertising Awards

Mainichi Design Awards

2005

Yomiuri Advertising Awards

Mainichi Design Awards

 


Representative by


OTSUKA Ken, Akihabara, Tokyo

120 x 150 cm | Digital C-print
3/7 ed
2013

Concept

This work is inspired by the idea of and his meeting with OtsukaKen-san, the creator and lifetime proprietor of K-BOOKS, which has a current annual turnover of 60 billion yen. Otsuka-san is suffering from muscular dystrophy, which means that he cannot breathe without an artificial ventilator. He is bed-ridden and finds it difficult to speak. From this meeting, he collaborated with Usami to make a visual project. Through this project he wants to convey that there were many people who lost a great deal at the earthquake disaster site, and many who succumbed to their despair. Yet whatever adversities we face, humanity will be able triumph over the hardship: this is the message that Otsuka-san wished to convey to all those affected by the disaster, and it was what he asked of Usami with this work.

 

Karya ini berawal dari gagasan dan pertemuan Otsuka-san, pembuat dan pemilik seumur hidup K-BOOKS, yang omset tahunannya sekarang mencapai 60 miliar yen. Dia menderita distropi otot, yang berarti dia tidak bisa bernapas tanpa alat bantu ventilator. Dia juga tidak bisa meninggalkan tempat tidur dan sulit berbicara. Dari pertemuan ini, Ia berkolaborasi dengan Usami untuk mewujudkan menjadi sebuah proyek visual. Dengan merealisasikan gagasan ini, ia ingin berpesan bahwa begitu banyak orang yang kehilangan banyak hal di lokasi musibah gempa di jepang saat itu, dan banyak lagi yang tenggelam dalam keputusasaan. Namun kesulitan apapun yang kita hadapi, kemanusiaan pasti akan mampu mengatasinya: inilah pesan yang ingin Otsuka-san sampaikan pada mereka yang mengalami bencana tersebut, dan juga sekaligus yang diminta dari Usami melalui karya ini.

HAYASHI Yuriko, Hirosima

120 x 150 cm | Digital C-print
3/7 ed
2014

Concept

Imagining the time, and the history, during that era may make one feel the dignity and the fortitude of human spirit.Hayashi-san was chosen as a person to symbolize Hiroshima as she is both a survivor of the atomic bombings and also Chairperson of the Kyochiku-kai association of Hiroshima survivors whose memoirs are included in the book Children of Hiroshima. Having miraculously survived, and whilst even now still working as a health and exercise instructor. Through this piece Usami tries to convey the experiences of those four previous generations who have grown up since the bombing to the next generation.

 

Dengan membayangkan waktu, dan sejarah, dalam kurun waktu itu, barangkali bisa membuat seseorang benar-benar merasakan martabat dan ketabahan semangat manusia. Hayashi-san dipilih sebagai orang yang melambangkan Hiroshima karena dia selamat dari tragedi bom atom dan juga sekaligus menjabat sebagai Chairperson of the Kyochiku-kai Association of Hiroshima Survivors (Ketua Asosiasi Penyintas Tragedi Hiroshima Kyochiku-kai), memoarnya termasuk dalam buku Children of Hiroshima (Anak-anak Hiroshima). Setelah secara ajaib selamat dari musibah, dan bahkan sampai saat ini masih bekerja sebagai instruktur kesehatan dan olah raga, Melalui karya ini Usami ingin menyampaikan pada generasi yang akan datang mengenai pengalaman empat generasi sebelumnya yang telah tumbuh semenjak peristiwa pemboman itu.

SASAKI Michinori and Sasaki Ruri, Fukusima

120 x 150 cm | Digital C-print
3/7 ed
2013

Concept

Through this piece of work, Usami tries to invite people to think about the need of raising the public awareness about the condition after earthquake disaster. The things one can do to contribute and give help to the victim. Aside from that Usami thought it was necessary for people to be able to sense its being directed at the problems contemporary Japan is currently undergoing. Especially, the tragedy caused by the accident at Fukusima Nuclear Power Plant