Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers
The 11th “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 six finalists after two rounds of judging: the first round focusing on all entrants’ portfolios, and the second round consisting of one-on-one discussions between the photographers selected in the initial round and the judges. Each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works. The final round of judging will take place on November 5 (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 eleventh exhibition in this series brings together a colorful array of works by the six finalists. Hiroki Urabe focuses on the underlying weakness and wavering aspect of people and things. Mizue Kitada creates portraits of females stripped naked from a desire to get at the flesh and blood underneath their makeup and clothing. Yui Takahashi takes self-portraits shot in the identical pose and identical lighting in front of the clothes closets of her deceased mother and grandmother, wearing their clothes. Soushi Tanaka photographs in the dark mechanically, using his camera’s self-timer, aiming to remove any intent or individuality on his part in order to create works consisting solely of data passed through his camera. Takamitsu Nii focuses on the planar aspect of photographs whose space is two-dimensionally fixed, taking the objects in his room as the components of his images in an attempt to reinterpret space. Shiho Yoshida creates works from copies of the overflowing abundance of photos found on the Internet, taking photos of them and so on in her trial to give substance to images and fragments of memories.
Born in 1987. Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute.
Born in 1985.
Born in 1991. Graduated from Vantan Design Institute (Osaka) with a concentration in photography.
Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)
Born in Tokyo in 1974. He attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Sculpture. In 2000 he established Bluemark, and then in 2011 he founded his own design studio. His work areas include brand planning, logo design, signage planning, editorial design, etc., with a strong focus on art, fashion and architecture. He is also the principal of Book Peak, planners and publishers of art books.
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 Chiba Prefecture. Studied Literature at Waseda University under Osamu Hiraki. In 1998, she participated as a volunteer at the Higashikawa International Photo Festival, and from 2003 through 2010 served as the festival’s on-site production leader and assistant director. Since the winter of 1998, she has been involved in work relating to photographic preservation and display at Photo Gallery International (PGI), where as Director she is in charge of exhibition planning and operation.
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.
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.