Photographer Ken Ohyama’s Cutouts of Japanese Urban Buildings

a building in Kagoshima that houses a nursery school on the ground level

Urban photographer Ken Ohyama is passionate about cities and the various structures that form them. The 48-year old photographer has a knack for taking oft-overlooked elements of urban environments, from highways to housing projects, and highlighting their beauty by forcing us to look at them in ways we never have.

a building in Fukuoka that houses an izakaya on the ground level

In a recent series of photographs, Ohyama took several nondescript urban buildings from cities across Japan and edited out the backgrounds, leaving just a cutout of the structure. The seemingly simple process renders each building almost as a miniature dollhouse. But the reduction also has the additive effect of highlighting each structure, emphasizing columns, windows, plants and electric wires that would have gone unnoticed.

Hopefully Ohyama creates more of these because they are absolutely adorable. You can keep up with the photographer on Twitter and Instagram.


  1. Excellent photography and subject. Are they available as a book?

    Kind regards Gary

  2. Wonderfully done!

  3. Genius! It is Refreshing of taking something people see every day, and looking at it, in a different way. Bravo!

  4. Amazing; how wonderful to take in all the details without the distractions.

    Would love to see these in a book as already suggested.

  5. Probably would not notice the buildings as so unique otherwise… brilliant!!

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