Silver / 2018 / Portraiture / Culture

Descendant of Samurai

  • Prize
    Silver in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    RYOTARO HORIUCHI

There are samurai living in modern-day of Japan. In the Soma region of Fukushima, there is a traditional festival called “Soma Nomaoi” which has a history of over 1,000 years. In past days, being a Samurai was a full-time occupation. Recently, samurai hold modern jobs but they keep the traditional mindset and rules. In the long history, there were some years when the festival wasn’t held because of a lot of difficulties, but they have overcome all the obstacles by managing to keep the traditions alive and adapting to change. Their spirit is essential to keep being samurai in modern-day society.

1969 : Born in Tokyo, Japan
1995 : Graduated from Osaka University of Arts. B.F.A. in Photography Major
1995 : Worked for Studio Ebis, in Tokyo. Studied commercial photography.
1997 : Started work as a freelance photographer.
2002 : Traveled around Germany for photographic survey.

Group Exhibitions
2017 : Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017 “Group Exhibitions by winners” Whitebox Gallery , Malaysia
2016 : Emerging Photographer in Mt.ROKKO INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2016  “Quiet Existence”
2016 : RAIEC TOKYO 2016 “34 Photographers Group Exhibition” 3331 Arts Chiyoda
2014 : ”Esquisse” Gallery Botanica, Shizuoka

Publication
2006 : 「Contemporary Photography in Japan Vol 7 」 Art Box International inc.