An emerging Japanese artist Yoko Naito presents her 'Unbeknown' series, which captures the vacant winter shores of New York City and explores outward changes between humans, the environment, and the artifacts we leave behind.
The quiet minimalism of the photographs in ‘Unbeknown' tells a compelling story about how we engage with nature. Each image depicts a remnant of human presence, or activity yet is absent from life. The effect can be lonely and isolating yet at times playful and absurd. Yoko observes the world through an objective lens and aims to capture unexpected environments by juxtaposing different existences within one frame. The vague nature of her imagery tells an open-ended story that is both haunting and calming.
Yoko Naito was born in a small village in Japan and grew up in Tokyo. Experiencing the gap between rural and urban life became a trigger for her interest in the environment and her desire to capture ‘in-between’ landscapes through photography.
Yoko graduated from Nihon University College of Art in Photography in Tokyo, Japan in 2007. She received a Sony World Photography Award for Travel in 2015 with a shortlist in Lifestyle. She won the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts Young Portfolio Award in 2014 and 2015; juried by Eiko Hosoe, Daido Moriyama et al. Additional achievements include the International Photography Award, London International Creative Competition honorable mention, and the Prix de la Photographie Paris. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions within the United States, Europe, and Japan, most recently at Sony Imaging Gallery in Tokyo. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Unbeknown was displayed in Outside Gallery, curated by Mandy Johnson and James Jarzyniecki.