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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 : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.

7th “1_WALL” Photography 6 Finalists

Shinsuke Kiryu

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

Emi Nakata

Born in 1988.

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.

Arron Hsiao

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

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Shin Akiyama(Graphic designer, Publisher)
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 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); 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).