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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers

7th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

  • DATES : Tue. September 18 - Thu. October 11, 2012
  • HOURS : 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The 7th “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. Each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works. The final round of judging will take place on September 27 (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 holding a solo show at the gallery one year later, plus the right to prepare an exhibition pamphlet.

Through three rounds of judging, the “1_WALL” competitions evaluate budding photographers for their creative talent and potential, giving all entrants an opportunity to test the limits of their expressive capabilities. The seventh exhibition in the series brings together a colorful array of works by the six finalists after the first two rounds. These include: works evoking the beauty to be found in everyday life with a retired father and family members; serial portraits of homeless people, in a quest to understand the human experience and human fortitude; works addressing social changes through plots of land where factories once stood; photographs by an entrant from Taiwan who seeks to portray, from fragments of everyday life, where people are headed and what leads them forward; and more.

We eagerly invite you to join us to find out who will grab this year’s Grand Prix – a rising star on the photographic horizon sure to garner much attention in the years to come.

The 6 Finalists
*At the open round of final judging on September 27, Emi Nakata was selected as the Grand Prix winner.

Emi Nakata

  • Shinsuke Kiryu

  • Arron Hsiao

  • Akihiro Nakamura

  • Kengo Noguchi

  • Ichiro Mishima

Shinsuke Kiryu
Born in 1978. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts.

I examine the relationship between body and mind, methods of cognition, and values.
Borders develop along steps in the human mind, which are placed at points of irreversibility.

Arron Hsiao
Born in 1980. Graduated from FOTOSOFT Institute of Photography, Taipei, Taiwan.

While a wonderful dreamlike world lies a short distance ahead,
we still struggle to move forward on a hardship-filled path.
Until we arrive at a place of freedom.

*Grand Prize Winner*
Emi Nakata
Born in 1988.

“at beautiful speed”
This small, limited journey given to us.
Everybody proceeds along the way at beautiful speed,
neither too slow nor too fast.

Akihiro Nakamura
Born in 1977.Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, Nippon Photography Institute.

“at the site where a factory once stood”
Factory ruins appear following changes to society. A new landscape arises.
The present becomes visible by pursuing the form of the city.

Kengo Noguchi
Born in 1984.Graduated from Rikkyo University, College of Sociology. Currently studying Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.

“hermitage people”
Records of people living quietly and plainly. Examining humans and society.

Ichiro Mishima
Born in 1986. Currently in the Intermedia Art program at Tokyo University of the Arts.

“observing plants (naming rights are human rights)”
Plants do not cast their gaze back towards the viewer from a photo. The subject is reduced to a mere image. As a motif, the sense of violence inherent in photos is thus revealed.

Shinsuke Kiryu

Born in 1978. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Arron Hsiao

Born in 1980. Graduated from FOTOSOFT Institute of Photography, Taipei, Taiwan.

Emi Nakata

Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1988. She began showing her works in open exhibitions in 2011, after completing Mieko Matsumoto’s photography workshop titled “Kiwamari-sou Photography Club.”
In addition to winning the Grand Prize in the 7th “1_WALL” Photography Competition, Nakata also received a Judges’ Encouragement Prize (selected by Kisei Kobayashi and Kimi Himeno) at the 6th competition in 2012.

Akihiro Nakamura

Born in 1977.

Kengo Noguchi

1984 Born in Kanagawa, Japan. Graduated from the Department of Sociology, Rikkyo University (BA) Int...

Ichiro Mishima

Born in 1986. Currently in the Intermedia Art program at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Shin Akiyama(Graphic designer, Publisher)

Established schtucco in 2000. Established edition.nord in 2008. Involved in numerous photo and art books. 2013 included photo books by Taiji Matsue, Risaku Suzuki, and Takehiko Nakafuji, exhibition catalogs by Ohtake Shinro and Kodai Nakahara, and editions by Gozo Yoshimasu and Tadashi Kawamata.

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 “Water Mirror” (Case Publishing / Fine-Art Photography Association), “SAKURA” (edition nord), “Étude” (SUPER LABO), “Between the Sea and the Mountain – Kumano ” (amanasalto), “Ishiki no nagare” [Stream of Consciousness] (edition nord) and “Atelier of Cézanne” (Nazraeli Press).

Hiromi Tsuchida(Photographer)

Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1939. His major works include Zokushin (1976), Hiroshima (1985), Counting Grains of Sand (1990) and BERLIN (2011). In 2008 he won the Domon Ken Award. Collections of his works are found at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, etc.

Kimi Himeno(Principal and director of AKAAKA Art Publishing)

Established AKAAKA Art Publishing in 2006. To date the company has published more than 200 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); and Aya Fujioka (“Here Goes River” 2017). Since 2018 she is also a professor at Osaka University of Arts.

Rei Masuda(Chief curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

Born in Kobe in 1968. Completed the graduate course in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba. Since 1992 he has worked at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). Among exhibitions he has curated in recent years are: “Josef Koudelka Retrospective” (2013), “Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and “Thomas Ruff” (2016).

Organizer: Guardian Garden