New Cosmos of Photography 2019 [42nd edition]


Sandra PhillipsCurator Emerita, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

I am very happy to be the juror for this year’s Canon award. I would like to encourage you to look at the world and make pictures that challenge us viewers. Nowadays there is a tendency to look inward, and make pictures that reflect essentially what the photographer thinks, what his mood is, how he or she sees him or herself. I believe this is a good time to look at the world again, to reconsider it, to see what is happening outside the photographer’s own ideas and fantasies.


Sandra S. Phillips is a Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She has been with the museum since 1987, and assumed the position of Senior Curator in 1999. In 2017 she assumed the position of Curator Emerita. Phillips has organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Diane Arbus Revelations, Helen Levitt, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog, Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastiao Salgado. She holds degrees from the City University of New York (Ph.D.), Bryn Mawr College (M.A.), and Bard College (B.A.). Phillips was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and received a grant from The Japan Foundation in 2000.

Paul GrahamPhotographer

Photography is a beautiful medium - it is about *seeing* and *memory *and *light*. It can be made in your home or on the other side of the world. It can be of yourself or your family, or complete strangers. It seems one of the easiest of things to do - to simply record what you look at - but also one of the hardest of artforms to do well - to really *see*. Recently so much photography has turned inwards, away from the world, to an interior reality. Whilst that can be good on occasions, it is a shame to close off life outside of yourself. I hope and encourage every photographer to engage with the world, to struggle to find new ways to express this life we lead, to communicate who we are and reveal what events, people and places shape our lives. This can only be a positive contribution to humanity - to understand how others see life, live, and feel.


Paul Graham is a British Photographer, living in New York. His work has been widely exhibited for over 35 years, notably including a mid career survey show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2010, and a 2009 solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Major group shows include the 49th Venice Biennale, and the Tate Gallery's landmark exhibition 'Cruel and Tender' c.20th century photographery. He has published over 20 books of work, including '*a shimmer of possibility*', in 2008, which won the Paris Photo prize as the most important photography book of the past 15 years. He has won various awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Deutsche Bourse award, and the Hasselblad Foundation prize, considered by many to be photography's highest honor.

Yulin LeeDirector, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

I am delighted to be a member of the jury for the prestigious Canon award this year.
Apparently, we are already living in an image-propelled social media age, in which the nature of photography has been rapidly challenged. I would love to encourage artists bravely push the boundary of photography, and take a claim of originality on artistic expression. I am also looking forward to seeing artists who can generate fresh ideas and reflect upon the contemporary society.


Lee joined the KMFA in 2016 from the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, where she was the Artistic Director from 2009. She was the curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) and later became Head of Exhibitions. During her tenure, she built the bridge between Taiwan and the international art scene, As a curator, she was involved in Taiwan’s participation at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and 1999, the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland, Australia in 1999, as well as the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan in 2013. She has also curated Japan’s participation at the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Fukuoka, Japan in 2002.

Rineke DijkstraPhotographer

I am pleased to be a member of the jury for the New Cosmos of Photography Award for this year. I would like to ask the applicants for the Award to focus on subjects and themes that really excites or fascinates them. Please choose a subject that you feel related and connected to. You should concentrate and focus on this subject / theme for a period of time. I really believe in the power of curiosity. You can develop ideas by observing the world carefully and by trying to create new possibilities. For me a good picture is always a mixture of new ideas, good looking, composition and technique, brought together at a specific moment.


Since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work, offering a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. Her large-scale colour photographs and videos mainly of young, typically adolescent subjects, show subtle, minimal contextual details and encourage us to focus on the exchange between photographer and subject and the relationship between viewer and viewed. Dijkstra was born in Sittard, The Netherlands in 1959. She attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam from 1981-1986. She has been honored with the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2017), SPECTRUM, International Prize for Photography of Stiftung Niedersachsen (2017) and The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (1999). Rineke Dijkstra was recently the subject of a mid-career retrospective on view at Museum De Pont, Tilburg, the Netherlands (2018) Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2017), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2012). In 2013, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) Frankfurt showed the first comprehensive filmic retrospective of the Dutch artist's work worldwide.

Noi SawaragiArt Critic

I doubt there has ever been an age in which photography has strayed this far from its literal meaning of “a reflection of truth” (shashin in Japanese).
No one today believes that photographs reflect some immutable truth. On the contrary, photographs are transforming day by day into something chimerical. We might ask exactly who will grasp the meaning of this strangeness before the rest of us? But, no, even this formulation is nothing more than a restatement of bygone expressions that stressed independence (which may be more fiction than fact). This is not about comprehending. Rather, will it be possible that someone will transform into an actual photograph? Perhaps it will be possible to summon a world on the edge of despair in which it is impossible to tell where the photographer ends and the subject begins. As this implies, photography is now engulfed by a raw sense of danger.


Born in Chichibu City in 1962, Noi Sawaragi is a renowned art critic. His first collection of critical essays, Simulationism: House Music and Appropriation Art (Yosensha), came out in 1991, putting at its core sampling, cutups, and remixing, which had a profound influence on art, photography, and music as well as many subsequent artists and creators. His numerous publications include Japan, Modernity, and Art (Shinchosha, 1998), which sparked widespread controversy for calling Japan a “bad place,” Gobijutsuron, which received the 25th Yoshida Hidekazu Award, and Shinbijutsuron, which received the 2017 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the Critics Category (both titles published by Bijitsu Shuppan-sha). Sawaragi is currently a professor at Tama Art University’s Faculty of Art and Design and a member of the Institute for Art Anthropology.

Mikiya TakimotoPhotographer Cinematographer

It’s a delight and an honor to serve as a judge for the New Cosmos of Photography. Just as the name suggests, the New Cosmos has produced new creative expressions in photography. Looking back at past winners, I noticed how remarkable their careers have been after winning the contest, which tells me the New Cosmos of Photography truly is a gateway to success in photography. The trend in photography circles nowadays is seeing who was the first to come up with some new technique or expression or else championing photos with a superficial resemblance to someone. This is not what I’m looking for: I hope to see photographs with creative expressions the photographer can say are his or her own — that is, photographs with momentous waves that ooze out to meet the photographer. I’m really looking forward to encountering fresh, new photographs at the contest.


Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1974. Apprenticed to Tamotsu Fujii in '94. Went independent in '98 and founded the Mikiya Takimoto Photograph Office. Active in a wide variety of fields spanning everything from advertising photography, graphic art and editorial work to personal creative endeavors, commercial films, and cinema. Major photo collections include CROSSOVER (’18), LAND SPACE (’13), SIGHTSEEING (’07), BAUHAUS DESSAU ∴ MIKIYA TAKIMOTO (’05). kiyIn 18 years held a solo exhibition "FLAME / SURFACE" at CANON GALLERY S.
Also began filming movies in ’12. Debut film "Like Father, Like Son / Soshite Chichininaru"( directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda ) won the Jury Award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival’s Competition Category. Received Best Cinematography Award at the 39th Japan Academy Awards for "Our Little Sister" in ’15. "The Third Murder / Sandome no Satsujin" plays In Competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Has also won many other commendations such as Tokyo Art Directors Club ADC Awards, New York ADC Annual Awards Winners, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, ACC Commercial Festival Grand Prize, New York CLIO AWARDS.

Takashi YasumuraAPhotographer

As a former applicant, I do remember that it was difficult to complete my work within the period. Maybe I am just not used to drawing a clear line to show a work is finished for photo contests where completion is required. If you have any regret in your work, you can choose to take more time to finish your work. Or, like some people think, you can choose that there is no completion. I think, however, that applying to a contest means delivering the final blow to yourself and to your work. When you face your work with such a mindset, you may find a new world. I am looking forward to finding the joy of photography I have never met before.


He was born in Shiga, Japan in 1972, and graduated from department of photography, College of Art, Nihon University, in 1995. He got a Grand prize of 8th New Cosmos of Photography in 1999. He published “Domestic Scandals” and held a solo exhibition in PARCO MUSEAM in 2005, joined group exhibition “Photo Espana” in 2006, published “1/1” in 2017.