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Tsuyoshi Kaneda

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2020Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

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After the invention of photography in the 19th century, astronomical research made rapid progress. This is because astronomers, using photographs, could gaze at stars as if in their hands.
I can't help feeling this was the realization of a long cherished desire of astronomers. I produced this work as a way of expressing the benefits photography brought to astronomy by tracing the path of the fictional astronomer M. I assembled the images based on the historical context and vestiges of bygone astronomical observations – specifically the equipment and dry plates used in the day – and I pieced together a fictional narrative, mixing in the observation field and the heavenly bodies M had observed in the past.
The curiosity astronomers had about space that is preserved in photographs has been passed down to us today as a gift of knowledge.

Entries form: Twenty-two still images

Selecting judge: Mikiya Takimoto

The work expresses its theme of astronomical objects by following a fictitious astronomer named M. The photographer has highly developed photo composition skills, and he maps out and produces his work down to the finest details. I like that he sticks to his own worldview and is not influenced by what is in vogue. I think this work deserves praise for its well-defined theme, the tasteful photographs, and the photographer’s own originality. That he has reached this level at only 23 is incredible, and he has a bright future ahead of him.

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PROFILE

Tsuyoshi Kaneda

1997Born in the city of Niigata, Niigata Prefecture
2020 Graduated from the Department of Photography, Faculty of Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University
2020 Enrolled in the Field of Photographic Media at the Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts
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2020Grand Prize

Tsuyoshi Kaneda

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