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Lecture by IIZAWA Kôtarô (Photographic Critic):
Since the 1990s, Japanese contemporary photography has been having a great turning-point. While ways of photographing and printing are changing rapidly due to tremendous progress of digitalization, the number of galleries and museums specializing photography is increasing. These changes also have a big influence on the consciousness of Japanese photographers. I would like to introduce what young Japanese photographers are thinking now in this situation and under which circumstances they are trying to show their works, by focusing on the works of 7 photographers who received New Comer’s Awards of the Photographic Society of Japan Awards from fiscal year 2007 to 2009.
Established in 1952 with the objective to “contribute to the promotion of international friendship through photography and the advancement of culture”, the Photographic Society of Japan has a regular membership of about 1,700 full society members (individuals) and 60 supporting members (groups). Since 1957, the society has presented the New Comer’s Award of the Photographic Society of Japan Awards each year to 1 to 3 promising photographers whose activities were outstanding in the previous years. From 2007 to 2009, ISHIKAWA Naoki, KITANO Ken, MAEKAWA Takayuki, OGAWA Yasuhiro, SATÔ Shintarô, YASHIRO Toshihiro and YOSHIMURA Kazutoshi received the awards.
Their works show a very wide range of expression such as nature photography (MAEKAWA), documentary photography (OGAWA), and documentary of artistic performances (YASHIRO). It could be said that this wide range of their expression reveal peculiarities of Japanese contemporary photography. Seeing their works leads to deeper understanding about what is going on in today’s Japanese photographic world.