KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, Japan. It has a style that is unique in Asia. Exhibitions will be spread across the city in various traditional Japanese and contemporary architecture, accompanied by innovative scenography. The exhibitions & events create opportunities, bringing people together of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading photography events, KYOTOGRAPHIE has attracted some 157,000 visitors from across Japan and overseas in three editions since 2013.
KYOTOGRAPHIE 4th edition theme: “Circle of Life” The Circle is the ultimate system, representing the birth, life, and death of all Nature’s creations. Everything is connected to this circle, intersecting and expanding. Creating a powerful pattern, showing us the fragility and beauty of our existence. Through our exhibitions everyone is invited to imagine their own role in the great ‘Circle of Life’.
Christian Sardet: The eminent researcher from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) presents stunning images of plankton.
Composing 98% of the ocean’s living biomass, plankton is the basis of our food chain, and thus supports all other life on the planet. With support from KYOTOGRAPHIE, Sardet produced new images in Shimoda, Japan, in fall 2015, which will be shown in a new installation created by Shiro Takatani (Dump Type) with original sound by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Sarah Moon: Through this new series realized in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, Sarah Moon expresses her unique vision of the “Circle of Life.” Her photographs create ephemeral and intimate stories constructed with various living or non-living elements.
Coming into Fashion—A Century of Photography at Condé Nast presented by CHANEL NEXUS HALL
In the exhibition ‘Coming into Fashion—A Century of Photography at Condé Nast presented by CHANEL NEXUS HALL’, you can see masterpieces of fashion photography selected from the archives of Condé Nast. In one place, from a period spanning more than one hundred years, view original works by Edward Steichen, John Rawlings, William Klein, Helmut Newton and other renowned photographers commissioned by magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen: showing self-portraits of his nude body in natural landscapes, Minkkinen fully merges his limbs and torso with the surroundings. Like a chameleon, he blurs the lines between where the world ends and his body begins.
Chris Jordan + Jurgen Lehl: Photographs of the decaying bodies of albatrosses on the remote and beautiful Midway atoll in the North Pacific, reveals the alarming extent of plastic pollution accumulated in our oceans. These images call on our social responsibility. The exhibition will also include Jurgen Lehl’s lamps, created from salvaged plastic waste found on beaches.
Eriko Koga: Koga’s work addresses the fundamental question of life and death by looking tenderly and intimately at her daily life in one of Kyoto’s Buddhist temples.
Thierry Bouët: Capturing the essence of new life, Bouët’s ‘First Look’ is a stunning set of portraits of newborn babies within their first hour of birth.
The festival will be held in approximately 13 sites throughout Kyoto, including the Okazaki area, which is the location of the new Rohm Theatre, due to open in spring 2016, and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. The festival will also exhibit in venues that are normally closed to the public such as Kondaya Genbei Kurogura, a traditional 10th generation obi purveyor.
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