As I have been looking at my taxonomy of photographs as a representation of identity I have been looking at Ken Ohara’s work. Ken Ohara is a renown Japanese photographer who I feel showcases identity very well in the form of a taxonomy of portrait photographs. The monotone Photographs are presented in a book titled “One” all taken on the streets of new York. The collection contains more than 500 tight close-ups of faces. He works in a monotone colour scheme throughout the collection as he tries to bring all different types of people together as “One” no matter what race, age, body type they may be. The clever use of the close-up composition enforces their individualism and differences to disappear.
“I try not to photograph what ‘we’ think it should be but what ‘it’ is.” – ken Ohara