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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers

6th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

  • DATES : Mon. March 26 - Thu. April 19, 2012
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed Sundays. Admission free.

The 6th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition is part of an open competition for the right to mount a solo show at Guardian Garden. The exhibition features works by the six finalists after two rounds of judging: the first round focused on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round evaluated the portfolio presentations of the photographers selected in the initial round. The final round of judging will take place on April 5 (Thu), 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, based on which the judges will select the Grand Prix winner. The winner’s prize is the privilege of mounting a solo show at the gallery one year later plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.

The “1_WALL” series was started in 2009 to supersede the earlier “Hitotsubo” exhibitions. Through three rounds of judging, the entrants in this open competition are evaluated for their creative talent and potential. The competition gives all entrants an opportunity to test the limits of their expressive capabilities.

The sixth exhibition in the series has brought together works depicting people and scenes from everyday life, each reflecting the photographer’s unique and probing perspective: moments in time – moments of near misses with would-be acquaintances captured through portraits of powerful yet hushed gazes turned away from the camera’s lens; works taken around the city, bathed in soft light that relieves pain and anxieties; photos expressing gaps in perception or dimension, captured through a digitally processed empty window, etc. We eagerly invite you to join us to find out who will grab this year’s Grand Prix, destined to become a new star in the photographic pantheon.

The 6 Finalists

Shiho Kito

Shiho Kito is a Japanese photographer, researcher and independent curator currently based in Tokyo, ...

Yuki Kumagai

Born in Shizuoka 1988. 2012 Graduated from Tamagawa University College of Arts, Department of Performing Arts, theater course, Currently, working as an assistant for Photographer, Hiroshi Noguchi.

2012 The 6th “1_Wall” photography Competition Grand Prize

2012 The 6th “1_Wall” photography Competition Exhibition, Guardian Garden, Tokyo

Yuya Koike

Photographer Born in Shizuoka, JAPAN, 1987 Based in Tokyo JAPAN Education: 2006-2010 BA in Photograp...

Tamaki Saito

Born in Tokyo, 1980. 2004 Graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University, Master of educational psychology....

Nao Manabe

Born in 1987. Graduated from Visual Arts College Osaka. Currently working at a photo studio in Tokyo.

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Shin Akiyama(Graphic designer, Publisher)
Kisei Kobayashi(Photographer and Artist)
Risaku Suzuki(Photographer)

Born in Shingu, Wakayama, in 1963. In 2000 he received the 25th Kimura Ihei Award in Photography for “PILES OF TIME.” His recent publications include “Ishiki no nagare” [Stream of Consciousness] (edition nord), “Between the Sea and the Mountain – Kumano ” (amanasalto), “Atelier of Cézanne” (Nazraeli Press), “White” (edition nord), “TORII” (SUPERLABO) and “Shashin bunriha sengen” [The Declaration of Photo-Secession] (Gentosha, co-authored).

Kimi Himeno(Principal and director of AKAAKA Art Publishing)

Established AKAAKA Art Publishing in 2006. To date the company has published more than 150 books, mainly photo books and art books. Publications include many recipients of the Kimura Ihei Award: Lieko Shiga (“CANARY” 2007); Atsushi Okada (“I am” 2007); Masashi Asada (“Asadake” 2008); Cozue Takagi (“MID” 2009; “GROUND” 2009); Arata Dodo (“Taigan” 2012); Ryuichi Ishikawa (“A Grand Polyphony” 2014; “okinawan portraits 2010-2012” 2014). Since 2014 she is also a professor at Tokyo Polytechnic University.

Yuri Mitsuda(Art critic)