a study of identity

by Ryoichi Nakamura
(Tokyo, Japan)

Published by P.A.O. Projects

Year: 2021
Edition: 500
Pages: 24
Binding: Saddle Stitch
Production: Digital
Dimensions: 8” x 5.5”

Printed in the United States

a study of identity was published by P.A.O. Projects in collaboration with Japanese artist Ryoichi Nakamura, to mark the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery in 2021.

The zine features a seletion of portraits taken from the artist’s extensive body of work. Working with altered historical photographs, Nakamura’s images depict portraits of Japanese immigrants to America and Japanese-Americans from the late 1800s through mid-1900s.

Nakamura began this ongoing project in 2015 after receiving a grant from Japan’s Pola Art Foundation, which allowed him to travel to New York and Los Angeles, researching the concept and experimenting with a special method of photo emulsion onto brass, copper, and aluminum plate.

Nakamura’s work on this subject is included in the collection of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, Washington).