The Special Edition of Tsutomu Yamagata’s new photobook “Surveillance” is now available. In addition to the gorgeous photobook – 64 sheets in a slipcase, plus booklet – the Special Edition includes a matted high-quality photograph (178x127mm, digital Type-C print) signed by the artist. The photograph is available in three different motifs, each limited to an edition of 10.

For his latest project “Surveillance,” Japanese photographer Tsutomu Yamagata installed infrared cameras usually used in wildlife photography in the rooms of (consenting) young women. The cameras, operating completely independently and offering no chance to review images, captured the women as they spend their lives, as naturally and unaffected as possible.
The resulting series of photographs, as presented in the gorgeous book “Surveillance,” is also a reflection on the implicitly objectifying nature of the project.

“They slither into view with gleaming eyes. Their skin look as smooth as porcelain, as the actual texture could not be captured with the infrared camera. […]
They know about the spectator’s existence but sometimes they simply forget about being watched. viewers may feel tricked and disappointed by what they see, full of unresolved curiosity, like the times they are unable to spot the animal in the zoo. After all, the ones watching are completely ignored.”
— from Yumi Aota’s essay

“Occasionally, they would deliberately pose in front of the camera in the dark, and during the other times their daily lives were being recorded, unconscious of the camera. The camera would keep shooting even though they might have eventually grown tired of being photographed. When they returned the camera to me, they seemed to be more curious about the results than I was, as if they were peeking into the lives of other people.”
— from Tsutomu Yamagata’s afterword

Print with book mat
Print Size
178 × 127 mm
Print Type
Digital C Print
Book Size
256 × 181 x 31 mm
64 sheets, with a supplement
Publication Date
English, Japanese
Limited Edition

Artist Profile


Born in Tokyo in 1966. Graduated from Department of Law, Keio University. He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society and the Photographic Society of Japan. His major solo exhibitions so far include “My Little Cosmos” at Zen Foto Gallery, 2024, as well as “SURVEILLANCE” at Zen Foto Gallery, 2019, “Ten Disciples” at Zen Foto Gallery, 2016 and gallery 176, 2017, “Thirteen Orphans” at Zen Foto Gallery, 2012 and Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 2013. His main publications include Thirteen Orphans (New Edition by Case Publishing & Zen Foto Gallery, 2017), Ten Disciples (Zen Foto Gallery, 2016), Thirteen Orphans (Zen Foto Gallery, 2012), and Bulgarian Rose (Private edition, 2011). Yamagata participated in the group exhibition “Pale Red Dot” at Athens Photo Festival in 2018. His works are included in the collections of University of New Mexico Art Museum, USA and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.

Gallery Exhibitions