Photography

Seto, Masato (1953)

Masato Seto is the photographer of the intimate, yet even when this intimacy is displayed in the public eye, through his gaze, it remains a stolen private moment. From domestic living rooms to open air picnics, the Japanese photographer shares glimpses of confidentiality, as if we had penetrated a secretive existence. The couples he depicts within his Picnic series, people who have simply escaped the chaotic business of urban life for a scarce portion of nature, all seem to be interrupted, as if they had been caught doing something wrong. We feel the same when observing the women caught in the Binran series. The little glass shops within which are sold the stimulating nuts almost seem scandalous, an effect enhanced by the contrasted tones and the neon lights that add an erotic feel to the images. And, that is something that comes out from all of Masato Seto’s work, even in the most trivial photograph, one cannot help but sense a strong sexual connotation, a taboo suggestion that echoes Japan’s ambiguous relationship to desire.
 

Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 1, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 1, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 2, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 2, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 4, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 4, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 7, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 7, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 10, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 10, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 13, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 13, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 14, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 14, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 25, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 25, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 29, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 29, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 34, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 34, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 47, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 47, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 48, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, Plate 48, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Binran Series, 2007
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 9, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 9, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 10, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 10, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 11, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 11, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 13, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 13, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 18, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 18, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 19, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 19, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 39, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 39, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 43, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 43, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 45, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 45, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 46, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Living Room Series, Plate 46, 1994
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 4, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 4, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 14, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 14, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 32, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 32, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 58, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 58, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 45, 2004
Masato Seto, Untitled, Picnic Series, Plate 45, 2004
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