Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers
The 14th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition is part of an open competition for the right to mount a solo show at Guardian Garden. The exhibition will feature works by six finalists after two rounds of judging: the first round focusing on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round consisting of one-on-one discussions between the photographers selected in the initial round and the judges. In this group exhibition, each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works.
The final round of judging will take place on May 17 (Tue), i.e. while the exhibition is in progress. During this round, which is open to the public, the six finalists will each give a presentation of his or her works, and the judges will then discuss the relative merits of the six contenders’ works and select the Grand Prize winner. The winner’s prize is the privilege of holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.
The photographs selected for this fourteenth exhibition in the series manifest a variety of expressive modes: works attempting to capture not the physical forms of things before the camera but rather their very existence; photos that seek through words to bring into relief the contours of pictures clipped from reality; works conceiving a medium in which photos of buildings slated for demolition are displayed inside those structures, giving material form to the scene before one’s eyes; comical expressions of a heart wavering between reality and ideal; photos expressing the mental imagery of the photographer’s peers, their vacillation between hopes and uncertainty toward their future; and collage-like works in which drawings are added to photos to fill in the photographer’s own existence.
We eagerly invite visitors to come and see all of these works by six upcoming young photographers, and to witness which finalist will collect the Grand Prize.
Born in 1991. Completed Graduate School of Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences.
Born in 1991. Graduated from Kyoto Institute of Technology, Design Engineering and Management program.
Born in 1989.
Born in Tokyo in 1993, raised in Saitama Prefecture.
Attended Kuwasawa Design School.
In 2016, won Grand Prize in the 14th “1_WALL” Photography Competition.
Born in 1990. Completed the Graduate School program of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1954. In 1984 he completed a PhD in Art at the University of Tsukuba. From 1990 to 1994 he served as editor-in-chief of the quarterly photography magazine “Deja-vu.” His recent publications include “Photobooks make the history!” (CMS) and “Archive of Contemporary Japanese Photography 2011-2013” (Seikyusha).
Born in Tokyo in 1974. He attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Sculpture. In 2000 he established Bluemark, and then in 2011 he founded his own design studio. His work areas include brand planning, logo design, signage planning, editorial design, etc., with a strong focus on art, fashion and architecture. He is also the principal of Book Peak, planners and publishers of art books.
Born in 1963. His major photo books are IN MY ROOM (Sokyusha), How to contact a man (Akio Nagasawa Publishing), Kasubaba (Daiwa Press), α (SUPER DELUXE) and Manazashi ni fureru (Suiseisha). In 2006 he won a Kimura Ihei Award in Photography.
Born in Chiba Prefecture. Studied Literature at Waseda University under Osamu Hiraki. In 1998, she participated as a volunteer at the Higashikawa International Photo Festival, and from 2003 through 2010 served as the festival’s on-site production leader and assistant director. Since the winter of 1998, she has been involved in work relating to photographic preservation and display at Photo Gallery International (PGI), where as Director she is in charge of exhibition planning and operation.
Born in Osaka in 1974, raised in Nara. In 1995 he won the “Konica Introducing New Generation Photographers” Grand Prix. In 1999 he published the photo book “Ways of Shanghai 1994-1999” (Mole Press). In 2000 he received the Photographic Society of Japan’s Newcomer’s Award; in 2004, the New York ADC Jury’s Special Award; and in 2009, the Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association Outstanding Advertising Award. In 2012 he published the photo book “TAIGAN” (AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.) and received the 38th Kimura Ihei Award.
Organizer: Guardian Garden