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Misato Kuroda

“ He is …. ”

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2009Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

He is ….

Digital cameras are popular, and now almost everyone has a digital camera.

It's a story you often hear, people go on holiday and see a beautiful scene and everyone gets immersed in the activity of pushing the shutter button.
They get excited and end up taking several nearly identical pictures.
But in the final days of their holiday the data card in the camera gets full and they can't take any more pictures.
And what do they do when that happens? They erase their pictures.
They've got several copies of the same scene, so they choose the best one and erase the rest. In the end, the best one remains, and there's nothing wrong with that. That's a benefit of digital photography. But I started to think, when you erase the data, that feeling of being immersed in the activity of pushing the shutter and the act of photographing itself is lost, and that made me feel quite sad.

I wanted to express the feeling of the special times spent with my boyfriend, so I made this collection of photos.

Entries form: Book, A3, 180 pages, inkjet prints

Selecting judge: Mika Ninagawa

The honesty of it draws you in. You get a sense of "Aw, she really loves him," rather than a sense that she's trying to take good photographs.
While she took a very personal thing, she generalized it so others could also experience the same feeling. I think one of the basic reasons for taking pictures comes from the desire to leave a record of happy moments.

Selecting judge(Honorable Mention): Nobuyoshi Araki

Her feelings are expressed to the fullest extent. Like the cover of a book, she's always taking photographs with her raw feelings. I like how there is a before and an after to each cut, and how she doesn't put the brakes on her affections. Normally if you try to take a picture like this it comes off as rather sappy, but these are very gentle, very nice. The size and construction too, it's a good book.

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PROFILE

Misato Kuroda

1986Born in Mie Prefecture
2006 Entered Information Design Department, Photography Course,
Kyoto University of Art and Design
2009 Received an Excellence Award at the 32nd New Cosmos of Photography (selected by Mika Ninagawa) and won the Grand Prize at the New Cosmos of Photography 2009 Exhibition
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2009Grand Prize

Misato Kuroda

He is ….

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