Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers
The 9th “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 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 October 9 (Wed), 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.
The ninth exhibition in the series brings together a colorful array of works by the six finalists after the first two rounds, including a large number of portrait photos. Included are: works exploring the relationship between the photographer and her younger brother, the person to whom she is closest of all; works portraying the emotional stress of Korea’s young generation, who agonize over pressures such as military service and university entrance exams; works meticulously recording the community of Japanese-Brazilians residing in Japan; works focusing uneasily on male nudes emerging from darkness; self-portraits by a young photographer in which she places herself within the ideal world of her longing; and works that give new meaning to images remaining in the memory of a digital camera, images the photographer has no recollection of having taken.
We eagerly invite you to join us to find out who will grab this year’s Grand Prix – a rising star sure to be active in the work of photography in the years to come.
Born in 1989. Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University, Faculty of Arts, with a concentration in photography. Also completed Graduate School at the same university with a concentration in media arts (photography).
Born in Seoul, Korea 1988. Currently a senior at Tokyo Polytechnic University, majoring in photography (Faculty of Arts).
Born in 1988. Graduated from Tokyo University of Science.
2013 Grand prize for the 9th photography “1_WALL” competition
Born in 1992. Currently a senior at Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences (College of Art and Design).
Born in 1994. Second-year student at Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences (College of Art and Design).
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
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 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.
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.
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).
President of the design studio match and company, inc. In 2005 he launched “M,” a photo book label, and began operating “bookshop M,” a website selling photo books. Since 2008 he has continuously exhibited his works at “Paris Photo,” one of the world’s foremost photography festivals, just one example of how he demonstrates his unique approach to his art. He probes the possibilities of Japanese photo books from a global perspective.