Theme: The Human Condition
On the occasion of the much-anticipated launch of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, and its focus on the future – we have selected a fitting theme for the third edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition: The Human Condition.
What does it mean to be human? For Sartre, it meant freedom and responsibility – the freedom to choose, the responsibility to act and define one’s place in life. Irvin Yalom gave us the four “givens” of existence: meaning, loneliness, freedom, and mortality.
The Human Condition is our eternal search for purpose, but also our capacity for good – and evil. It is kinship, honor, our thirst for knowledge, the pursuit of happiness – but just as often it is the harbinger of pain, death, betrayal, war, the deception of ourselves and of others.
At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the inter-personal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. For our third edition, we ask you to share with us an unflinching view of what it means to be human.
2015 Featured Photographers
We are pleased to announce the featured photographers that were selected by our jury for the 2015 exhibition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition:
GRAND PRIX WINNER: Christian Vium – The Wake
Arnau Bach – Capital
Laurence Rasti – There are No Homosexuals in Iran
Laurent Chehere – Flying Houses
Irina Kalashnikova – North Korea. Bearable darkness
John Cazenave – Galerna
Daesung Lee – On the Shore of a Vanishing Island
Dougie Wallace – Glasgow: Second City of the Empire
This traveling group exhibition will be presented in the following cities:
- New York – United Photo Industries Gallery: October 1 – November 21, 2015
- Tokyo – Tokyo International Photography Festival: October 9 – 18, 2015
- Guatemala – GuatePhoto Festival: November 2015
- Sydney – Head On Photo Festival: Spring 2016
Meet the 2015 Jury
Photographer (S. Africa)
RongRong & inri
Co-Founders, Three Shadow Photography Center (China & Japan)
Curator / Associate Professor, Department of Inter-Media Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan)
General Manager – Publishing House, Projects and Communication, La Fabrica (Spain)
Head Curator, C/O Berlin (Germany)
Peggy Sue Amison
Artistic Director, West Wing Gallery (Dubai)
Photo Editor, Lens Blog, New York Times (USA)
JJ Estrada & Clara de Tezanos
Directors, GuatePhoto Festival (Guatemala)
Curator, Estudio Madalena / Paraty Em Foco (Brazil)
Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan)
Associate curator, Noorderlicht Foundation (The Netherlands)
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine (USA)
Director, Market Photo Workshop (S. Africa)
Director, Head On Photo Festival (Australia)
About the Competition
There are numerous competitions whose aim is to discover new photographic talent from around the globe, but many of these opportunities are often beyond the reach of those who do not speak a certain language or have a deep understanding of a particular culture. This has often been the case for Japanese photographers trying to enter foreign markets and for foreigners wanting to present and exhibit their work in Japan.
Since its inception, the goal of the Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC) has been to create a series of cultural and geographical bridges between some the world’s largest photographic communities. And over these past 3 years, we have seen our dream take shape, connections flourish, new initiatives born, and we are truly excited by all that lies ahead.
The launch of TIPC was the first step of a three-year journey that will soon reach a new milestone with the inauguration of the 1st edition of the Tokyo International Photography Festival this October, presented by the Tokyo Institute of Photography, in cooperation with United Photo Industries of Brooklyn, NY.