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THE BONE COLLECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHER EIJI YUZAWA’S BLACK-AND-WHITE
IMAGES EXAMINE THE SCULPTURAL AND ABSTRACT
EIJI YUZAWA’s black-and-white photographs of animal bones are studies in the
beauty and variety of organic forms. The work, which has captured the imaginations of Japanese viewers, has been featured in several exhibitions and collected
in a book, Barocco: Beauty of Bones (Shinchosha, 2011), published earlier this year.
Yuzawa, who is also an editorial and advertising photographer, began photographing animal bone specimens in 2006, out of interest in their sculptural quality and the way natural light could transmute their forms. In 2008 he published
his first book of bone photographs, which depicted fully assembled skeletons of
various creatures presented on black backgrounds. That work earned him praise
from art critics and biologists alike.