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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers

10th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

  • DATES : Mon. March 24 - Thu. April 17, 2014
  • HOURS : 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The 10th “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 in which the photographers selected in the initial round hold discussions with the judges, one on one. Each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works. The final round of judging will take place on April 3 (Thu), 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 tenth exhibition in the series brings together a large number of works focused on a single object or theme. Among them are: works that look deeply into matters of sexuality and gender; works about the soil decontamination work performed after the nuclear power plant accident, viewed as an act by which the upper layer of modern times is being removed; works whereby images on a computer screen are converted to “photographs” using the technique of a pinhole camera; and works shooting nondescript landscapes on the outskirts of Tokyo.

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 world of photography in the years to come.

The 6 Finalists
*At the open round of final judging on April 3, Tatsuya Yamashita was selected as the Grand Prix winner.

Tatsuya Yamashita

  • Kazumi Abe

  • Yuya Koike

  • Mai Chaya

  • Takahiro Mizushima

  • Tadataka Wakayama

Kazumi Abe
Born in 1981.

Spring and summer of 2009, I was captivated by a woman and photographed her.
She was neither entirely a she nor a he.

Yuya Koike
Born in 1987.

“pin HOLE”
– 4 small holes –
“camera on this side” “camera on the other side”
“holes connecting this side and that” “the human eye”

Mai Chaya
Born in 1982. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Not afraid to lose balance.
Put misunderstood uniqueness on the wall, love discomfort.
Let’s play in the shadows of confusion, and steep ourselves in malaise.
For the sake of seeing outrageous new images at any time.

Takahiro Mizushima
Born in 1988.

“future SOUND”
I get an urge to stretch out my hand to the unknown,
to a future like a lost child

*Grand Prize Winner*
Tatsuya Yamashita
Born in 1982.

I try to have a keen awareness, through photography,
of land that can’t be restored by human hands
and records and memories that can’t be erased.

Tadataka Wakayama
Born in 1980. Graduate of Waseda University Art and Architecture School.

“empty space”
Places in between countryside and the city.
Nature and artifice, public and private space are vaguely connected.
Like a partitioning screen rather than a wall.
It’s gap-like places like that I’m interested in.

Kazumi Abe

Born in 1981.

Yuya Koike

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

Mai Chaya

Born in 1982. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Takahiro Mizushima

Born in 1988.

Tatsuya Yamashita

Born in 1982.

Tadataka Wakayama

Born in 1980. Graduate of Waseda University Art and Architecture School.

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Ryudai Takano(Photographer)

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.

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.

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.

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).

Satoshi Machiguchi(Art director, Publisher)

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.

Organizer: Guardian Garden