Yoijo Imasaka at his studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY In Conversation with Hai Zhang
"Being confined at home makes me wonder what other artists are doing right now. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, photographer Yojiro Imasaka invited me virtually to his darkroom and studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yojiro is one of the artists I admire, especially for his work shot in upstate New York and on the Louisiana Bayou. During the PAUSE, I thought he might have wanted to shoot the empty city. Instead, he's spent a lot of time reading and researching for his next project. He also explained that the slow and complicated toning process he uses for large prints calms him down. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been in the countryside rich in nature, so I was inspired by his statement that 'nature existed long before humans and will exist long after humans.' Yoji said he likes writing letters rather than emails and video chats and enjoys writing slowly, thinking about the person he is writing to, just like when he makes his work."
Hai Zhang, artist