Shiho Kito is a Japanese photographer, researcher and independent curator currently based in Tokyo, Japan and Gandhinagar, India. She is a visiting faculty of Photography Design at the National Institute of Design (NID), India, and researcher at Pear LLC: Lifestyle Research and Strategy, Japan.
Kito works extensively in fields of photography including exhibitions, commission projects, research and fieldwork in diverse backgrounds. She also engages in curating and managing arts and cultural exchange programme such as workshops, lectures and exhibitions in collaboration with academic and cultural organisations.
After reading English Literature and Education at Waseda University, Japan, she pursues her career in photography at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music and University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. She achieved her Master in Photography at London College of Communication, University of Arts London.
Awards & Grants
2015 Grant for Group Projects, Nomura Foundation, Japan
2015 Grant for Individual Projects, Nomura Foundation, Japan
2014 Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
2012 Honourable Mention, Magenta Flash Forward Foundation, UK, USA, & Canada.
2012 The 6th 1_Wall Photography Award Finalist, Recruit Co.Ltd, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 Prime Minister’s Initiative II Fund, British Council, UK.
2008 Prime Minister’s Initiative II Fund, British Council, UK.
2006 Grand Prix, Yon Geisai, Aichi, Japan.
2013 Tales of a City, Galleri Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden, and et al.
2011 The Kiln Photo Workshops, Farnham, UK.
2007 Galeria de Arte Plasticas, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Mexico.
Selected Group Exhibitions ( ** exhibition and curation / * participated as a curator)
2015 TALES & FABLES from India & Japan: Animation, Film & Photography, New Delhi, India et al. **
2015 Have Some Tea: Intercontinental Drift, National Institute of Design, India. *
2014 Photo Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, China.
2014 Copenhagen Photo Collect, Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2014 Creative Platform #7, Japan Foundation New Delhi, India, and et al. *
2013 London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London, UK.
2012-13 Hikari: Contemporary Photography from Japan, New Delhi & other cities, India. **
2011 The 6th 1_Wall Photography Award, Guardian Garden, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 London Photo Book Fair, Hotshoe Gallery, London, UK.
2011 For Japan, Hotshoe Gallery, London, UK. **
2011 PIX: A Photography Quarterly, Max Mueller Bharvan, New Delhi, India.