Past Exhibit Closed on April 23, 2024

Yojiro Imasaka Artist Residency

Wet plate collodion photographic process

We are excited to debut our first Artist Residency Program featuring photographer Yojiro Imasaka. His photos are made using the historical wet collodion photographic process to produce photos of landscapes from glass negatives, creating images that are soft, dream-like, and filled with light.

“Ever since I started photographing, I have always been passionate about natural landscapes as my main subject matter. For my most recent series of work, I photographed using a 19th century photographic method called “Wet Plate Collodion.” I plan to use the same technique during the TBG artist residency.

A thin glass negative reflects the vulnerability of nature, spreading awareness to society that we must conserve the earth that surrounds us and keep our future green. I aim to connect and inspire people with plants by promoting the significance of Botanic Gardens while using the natural elements of photography. One of my main objectives when presenting my work is to leave a lasting impression on the viewer in regard to the natural world.

Botanic Gardens is a project I’ll be doing long term, I think it’s important to highlight the difference in gardens around the globe. The Tucson Botanical Gardens is very enticing given its desert landscape which makes it very unique and an important part of the Botanic Gardens project.”

About the Artist

Yojiro Imasaka was born in 1983 in Hiroshima, Japan, and relocated to the United States
in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA in
photography from Nihon University College of Art Photography Department in Tokyo,
Japan in 2007, and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2010.
Since he started to study photography in Tokyo Japan, Yojiro has won numerous prizes
and scholarships, such as the Konica Minolta Image Scholarship in 2004, and the Japan
Photographers Society Prize in 2006 and earned an opportunity to exhibit his works at
Tokyo Museum of Photography while he was a student. After he graduated from the Pratt
Institute with a scholarship, Yojiro became a freelance photographer (full-time artist) and
is actively working on his projects.

Yojiro Imasaka’s photographs have been seen in solo and group exhibitions, including
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, New Jersey City
University Gallery, Art Project International in New York, a solo presentation at Paris
Photo in France 2018 presented by Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery in New York, among
others. His works have been purchased by such notable collections as New Orleans
Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Mead Art
Museum/Amherst College, Carnegie Museum of Art, and multiple private collections.

Current Exhibits

Photograph of a butterfly

Oct 1–May 31

Butterfly Magic

Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion

Jan 19–Jun 30


Photographs by Vicky Stromee & Catherine Harold