shizuka yokomizo is something of a legend. at least for those of us interested in contemporary photography. when it comes to portraiture, yokomizo follows no stereotype. first of all, the artist explains that she does not talk to the subjects of her portraits. instead, yokomizo communicates with them through a single letter sent to their place of residence, asking them to stand at their window at a specific time on a specific date. if they position themselves as she asks, she produces a photograph of them, standing in wait without instruction of pose and facial expressions. by doing so, yokomizo rejects the idea of controlling her models, and capturing them within their personal spaces and completely vulnerable.
the photographs are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also carry the inherent description of the process, the chance involved within the concept. the photographs produced exist as pictures, but never lose the awkwardness and solidarity of the moment they were captured.