Kansuke Yamamoto

Kansuke Yamamoto (1914 -1987) was a photographer and poet. He was a prominent Japanese surrealist born in Nagoya, Japan. He encountered surrealism and dadaism through the poetry magazine “cine´” published by Yamanaka Chiruu who was promoting surrealism in Japan. At the age of 15, he started to write poems. He graduated from the Nagoya Second Commercial School in 1929. That year, he started writing poetry. He left Meiji University School of Arts and letters in Tokyo, where he majored in French Literature before graduation and then went back to Nagoya. In 1931, at the age of 17, he published his works in the Journal “Dokuritsu(Independent)”, which was published by “Dokuritsu Shashin Kenkyu Kai(Independent Photography Research Association)”.

In 1939, he formed a group called “Nagoya Photo Avant-Garde” with Tajima Tsugio, Minoru Sakata, Shimozato Yoshio, and Yamanaka Chiruu, etc. The group applied surrealism into their photographs and their avant-garde photography gathered national attention by some magazines like “Photo Times” and “Camera Art”.
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