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Discovering the Next Generation of Young Photographers

12th “1_WALL” Photography Exhibition

  • DATES : Mon. May 11- Thu. June 4, 2015
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

The 12th “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. In this group exhibition, each finalist is allocated one wall on which to show his or her works. The final round of judging will take place on May 13 (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 photographs selected for this twelfth exhibition in the series in many instances are conceptual works even as they deal with people or places of the kind encountered in everyday life. The photographers’ modes of expression are varied: photos of the same woman shot once a year for three years; photos of the sea on a winter’s night, shot in a remote area along the Japan Sea coast that is subject to severe wave erosion; friends captured in the context of fashion photos; monochrome works dealing meticulously with everyday light and still lifes; everyday scenes strategically created just like snapshots on the street; and ordinary vignettes generated by memories of individuals of the past.

We eagerly invite visitors to come and see all of these works by six upcoming young photographers, and to witness which finalist will collect the Grand Prix.

  • Yoh Aoki

    “Inverted Spectrum, Circle”

    In these photographs capturing scenes from everyday life, many look at things from a slightly oblique angle. The meaning and content of our memory of events are heavily influenced by trivial differences.

  • Naoki Abe


    The sky is no longer the sky; a wall, no longer a wall; a body, no longer a body. The contents fall away, and the object becomes form.

  • Kosuke Ishida


    Out of nowhere an image suddenly appears before me and, rapidly changing shape, occasionally it leads to unimaginable places.

  • Mikaru Toshida


    Once a year I photograph my girlfriend. And I think about what she’s gained, and what she’s lost.

  • Arito Nishiki

    “Wave Erosion”

    The village called “Hikari” sank as a result of wave erosion, leaving only its name in the offing.Perhaps this has actually made it eternal.As long as erosion continues, there is no topographical continuity.This beach avoids formation.

  • photo maker

    “Baymax Hanzawa”

    This is a collection on the theme of Shun Hidaka’s Baymax. Enjoy how every time Hanzawa, apparently having become embarrassed about photos, shoots his camera the result is blurred.

Final Judging (open to the public)
May 13 (Wed), 2015 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Portfolio Review
May 26 (Tue), 2015 7:10 – 9:00 p.m.

Opening Party
May 13 (Wed), 2015 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Yoh Aoki

Born in 1982. Graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Philosophy of Language and Aesthetics.

Naoki Abe

Born in 1983. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School with a Master of Fine Arts in Ph...

Mikaru Toshida

Born in 1986. Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute with a concentration in Photography.

Arito Nishiki

Born in1981, Akita, Japan Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. Award 2012.Japan Professional...

photo maker

Born in 1991.

Judges (in Japanese syllabary order)

Atsuki Kikuchi( Graphic designer)

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.

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.

Sayaka Takahashi(Gallery Director of PGI)

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.

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.

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