Chino Otsuka: Double Self-Portraits

otsuka1-1976-2005-Kamakura-JapanPhotographer Chino Otsuka inserts an image of herself as an adult into her childhood photographs, creating an instant biographical moment. “Being a tourist of your own history” is her starting point. (Above: Chino Otsuka, 1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan)


Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits. She seamlessly places a current image beside her past self in places she has visited. “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine,” she says. These images are from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s AIMIA Photography Prize, where she was short-listed for the 2013 award. (Above: 1982 and 2005, Paris, France)

otsuka1-1984-2005-London-UK 1984 and 2005, London, England

japan1982 and 2006, Tokyo, Japan

richmond hotel franceAbove: 1984 and 2005, Richmond Hotel, France / Below: 1985 and 2005 Beijing

beijing Below: Installation View: Imagine Finding Me, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2013


Art Gallery of Ontario, AIMIA Photography Prize page on Chino Otsuka, here.

Chino Otsuka’s biography, here.

Her website, here.

Main AIMIA Prize page, here.


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