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Teppei Sako

“ Made of Stone ”

2015Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

Made of Stone

Imagine you are walking down a street when you discover something. You let out a short “ah” and immediately click the shutter almost without thinking. I took snapshot techniques like these, where you cut out an instant of a subject’s movement or a situation you find yourself in, and applied them to video, in which there is time for a beginning and an end. In this way, the short “oh” of a photo’s decisive moment is extended into the long “ahhhh” of a video, exposing the natural, defenseless state of the subject.

Entries form: One video work (17:29)

Selecting judge: Hiraki Sawa

Although the video is somewhat long, at over 17 minutes, I couldn't stop watching it over and over again. The composition is well done, despite the snapshot-like, hand-held recording style. Each clip was recorded continuously for three to five minutes without the subjects being aware of the photographer — as if the photographer melded into the street environment — which creates an added dimension by prolonging that decisive instant of a photograph the artist aims for. Stretching time and adding sound to photographs brings out more vitality from the people and places captured in the works. I also thoroughly enjoyed the sense of strength in the video, which, as a format, is an extension of the photograph.

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PROFILE

Teppei Sako

1988Born in Osaka
2015 Presently enrolled in a doctorate course at the Graduate School of Art, Kyoto Seika University
Received an Excellence Award at the 38th New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Hiraki Sawa) and won the Grand Prize at the New Cosmos of Photography 2015 Exhibition
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2015Grand Prize

Teppei Sako

Made of Stone

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