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Photo of the Week #197

Yoko Ikeda

Color photograph of a Japanese photo-op—an out of focus cut-out face for tourists is shown as a window through which the landscape in the background is framed.

Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 2017
Type-c print
20 × 24 in Edition of 10
37 × 45 3/4 in Edition of 5


June 13, 2022
Yoko Ikeda playfully riffs on the idea of a “photo-op” in this visually intriguing photograph. She deftly repurposes a life size photo prop (at the Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art) that invites visitors to poke their heads through for a snapshot. Absent a person, the cut-out becomes a framing device for the background behind it, resulting in a delightful visual play that intertwines image, pattern, and space. Ikeda’s skill for transforming small corners of the world gives her photographs a special kind of magic—and has earned her broad international recognition.