Honorable Mention / 2019 / Press / Nature/Environmental
As if repeating the 1960's, Japan is going to hold 2nd Tokyo Olympics, 2nd Osaka Expo, and next-generation super express. In those days Japan had succeeded development by manufacturing industry and emerged in the capitalistic world. Today Japan is wandering and trying to grow out of the glory. It has to be considered about the future by overviewing the space-time between 50 years where and when the contemporary Japan was formed.
I embedded the found photographs of the symbolic city, Fukuyama in the high economic growth period, on the present views. What is "the developing and the developed"?
I am a photographer whose main focus is on the people and what’s happening in Japan today. Through my lens, I see the problems that Japanese society is facing and by documenting how people are coping and eventually solving their problems in their own way, I often find a unique “Japanese-ness”. Through this process of following and documenting people in certain environment, I aim to reveal what it is that is very unique about Japan and people who live there.
I try to hold my exhibitions and publish my photobooks, which make people feel above the sense of sight.
Awards 2019 "Critical Mass" finalist (USA)
2017 "Lucie Photo Book Prize" finalist (USA)
2016 "FOTO PREMIO" grand prix (JAPAN)