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, here.

Chino Otsuka’s website, here.

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    • Very well put and if you go look at the full page on the AGO, there’s an image of a message from her to her younger self that coincides with your comment.


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