miss fotojapon is a series that started as part of a written diary around 1995. I kept on passing by a photobooth near my house and taking pictures every time I walked by. I used to put them in my diary, which started demanding more photos as time passed and I carried on changing my appearance. Beards, piercings, glasses, hats, new haircuts, were all perfect excuses to carry on making these photographs, and taking them became a great excuse to change my appearance as well: it was a vicious cycle.
As time passed, I realized I was going almost on a daily basis, so I decided to do it daily on the 1st of June of 2000. For 17 years, I have been confronting the passing of time from inside photo booths. This work has always been the starting point and backbone of my work, it can also be viewed as a timeline from which all my other works emerge.
This work will be featured in the upcoming book 50 Selfportraits published by Phaidon in Spring 2018.
JUAN PABLO ECHEVERRI was born in 1978 in Bogotá, Colombia, where he lives and works. His work has taken part of several group and solo show in galleries and museums around the world, such as The Photographers Gallery and Saatchi Gallery in London, The Havana Biennale in Cuba, Itau. Cultural in Sao Paulo, Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá and Les Rencontres de la Photographie among others. He has taken part of Residencies in England, USA, Mexico and Brazil, and his work has been included in Publications such as Younger than Jesus Directory published by the New Museum and PHAIDON in 2009, and his work is part of the permanent collection of Banco de la Republica in Colombia and CA2M in Madrid, Spain as well as other private collections. http://juanpabloecheverri.com/
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