INTERVIEW

  • LECTURE

    Hiroshi Nomura (Artist) ×
    Takashi Kakishima (owner of Poetic Scape)

    Hiroshi Nomura is a fixture in photography, contemporary art, publishing, and other creative scenes. After serving as a judge for the 2020 (43rd edition) New Cosmos of Photography, he gave a lecture on photography at the 2020 New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition. His lecture provided insight into the process he goes through to form his ironic works that have charmed and captivated so many viewers. Nomura also discussed his ideas and their sources, while presenting slides of his work, ranging from his Excellence Award-winning work through to his newest works.
    Nomura was interviewed by Takashi Kakishima, owner of Poetic Scape, a Nakameguro gallery.

    May 17, 2021

  • INTERVIEW

    Tomomichi Nakamura
    (Artist, Grand Prize of the 42nd competition)

    Tomomichi Nakamura — winner of the 2019 (42nd) New Cosmos of Photography Grand Prize — created his award-winning work “Like Ants” after the death of his father. Nakamura, who has received high praise for his expressive activities primarily in animation, called this work “a video work that does not move, formed using still images”. Photographer Rineke Dijkstra, the judge who selected his work, praised the way Nakamura beautifully expresses his emotions “which are complex, oppressive, and melancholic at the same time”. For this year's solo exhibition, he presented “Ants”, which adds new works to his series. We spoke to him about his creative intentions and his thoughts on expression.

    May 17, 2021

  • INTERVIEW

    Yuki Onodera
    (Photographer, Judge of the 43rd competition)

    After winning the Excellence Award at the first New Cosmos of Photography contest in 1991, Yuki Onodera relocated to Paris and has been widely successful around the world. And since claiming France's most prestigious prize, the Prix Niépce in 2006, she has made great strides in contemporary photography and art, producing many innovative works. Onodera was invited to judge the New Cosmos of Photography in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she judged entries online instead of in person.
    In this wide-ranging interview, we spoke with her about her impressions of the entries at the New Cosmos of Photography selection meeting, her own activities, and the sources of her ideas.

    February 18, 2021

  • INTERVIEW

    Mikiya Takimoto
    (Photographer, Judge of the 43rd competition)

    Mikiya Takimoto, a judge for the 2020 New Cosmos of Photography (the 43rd edition of the contest), has been active as a photographer and cinematographer on the forefront of many fields, including advertising and movies, while energetically engaging in his artistic pursuits, holding numerous exhibitions and publishing photographs. Given that all areas of society suffered from the tremendous impact of COVID-19 in 2020, we asked Takimoto how he, as one of Japan's leading creators, spent the year and how he plans to connect this experience to his future works.

    February 18, 2021

  • INTERVIEW

    Song-Nian Ang
    (Grand Prize of the 41st competition)
    “Artificial Conditions — Something To Grow Into”

    Song-Nian Ang won the 2018 (41st) New Cosmos of Photography Grand Prize. His winning work “Hanging Heavy On My Eyes” was a brilliantly innovative work that represented Singapore's air pollution index as different gradations of gray by converting the daily index numbers into exposure times. A year after his victory, Ang debuted a new video work entitled “Artificial Conditions — Something To Grow Into” at his solo exhibition. We spoke with him about the photographs and videos, and the potential of their creative expressions, that he tackles as an artist.

    June 17, 2020

  • INTERVIEW

    Yulin Lee
    (Curator and Director of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Judge of the 42nd competition)

    For this year's New Cosmos of Photography, we invited Yulin Lee, curator and director of Taiwan's Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, to serve as a judge. Ms. Lee, who has broad knowledge about contemporary art, architecture, and photography and who has been was on the frontlines as a driving force in opening up the Taiwan art scene to the world, also related her path to becoming a curator and sharing her vision for the attractions of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts.

    June 17, 2020

  • INTERVIEW

    Paul Graham
    (Photographer, Judge of the 42nd competition)

    The English photographer Paul Graham is known for his use of color photography that astutely explores the social fabric of our lives. Travel has been an important catalyst for his work from the early 1980s, when he started working seriously as a photographer. Moving to America in the late-1990s proved to be a major turning point in his photographic work and life. In this interview, he speaks about the many challenges he has taken on right up to the present, including publishing photography series and books that are meticulous in both concept and formatting, as well as future works in progress.

    April 6, 2020

  • INTERVIEW

    Rineke Dijkstra
    (Photographer, Judge of the 42nd competition)

    Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra has given us numerous masterpieces in the field of portrait photography. Although best known for her portraits of adolescent youth — such as her landmark Beach Portraits series taken on different beaches around the world, she has many important video works in her portfolio as well. Rineke Dijkstra traveled to Japan to judge the 2019 edition of the New Cosmos of Photography. Taking advantage of this occasion, we spoke to her about her interest as an artist in tracing the themes of self-consciousness and identity as well as about how she decides on which medium and production techniques to use.

    April 6, 2020

  • INTERVIEW

    Tomoko Sawada
    (Artist, Judge of the 41st competition)

    Tomoko Sawada, an artist, directed the memorable SELF/OTHERS photo exhibition. We interviewed to her about the origins of her ideas that so captivate viewers, her artistic endeavors, and the state of the increasingly globalized New Cosmos of Photography from her position as a judge of the contest.

    May 28, 2019

  • INTERVIEW

    Ayano Sudo
    (Artist, Grand Prize of the 37th competition)

    Ayano Sudo is an immensely gifted artist with works spanning self-portraits to collaborations withtalented models. Where does her heartfelt camerawork that parallels her aesthetic vision come from and what inspires her ideas?
    We interviewed to her about her hypnotizing world view in which she makes phenomena visible and tangible, even as she digs deep into the world of the unseen.

    May 28, 2019

  • INTERVIEW

    Trond Ansten & Benjamin Breitkopf (Grand Prize of the 40th competition) “Another man's floor”

    Trond Ansten and Benjamin Breitkopf collaborate long distance on their projects from Norway and Germany respectively. Just before the opening of Another man's floor, their solo exhibition of new works, they talked about how they came together as a unit, the artistic vision they are aiming for, and how they progress with their projects as two people from different countries.

    May 16, 2019

  • INTERVIEW

    Kunie Sugiura
    (Photographer, Judge of the 41st competition)

    Kunie Sugiura has produced numerous inventive works created with experimental techniques that exploit the materiality of the photo medium. After arriving in the United States in 1963, she has forged a long career from her base in New York since 1967.In this wide-ranging interview, Sugiura discusses the current state of the New York art scene, her own works, and how experience leads to photographic expressions.

    May 16, 2019

  • INTERVIEW

    Emilia van Lynden
    (Artistic Director of Unseen, Judge of the 41st competition)

    Amsterdam-based Unseen has gained acclaim as a platform for contemporary photography that provides opportunities for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work. We interviewed to Emilia van Lynden, Unseen's artistic director, about the direction of photography in the digital age.

    May 16, 2019

  • TALK SHOW

    Sandra Phillips (Curator Emerita, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) × Minoru Shimizu (Photo critic)

    A talk show with Sandra Phillips and Minoru Shimizu was held at the 2018 New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition. They talked about the background of the birth of the Grand Prize while looking back at past public meetings of the Grand Prize selection comitee.

    May 16, 2019

  • INTERVIEW

    Sandra Phillips
    (SFMoMA Curator Emerita, Judge of the 41st competition)

    As the emerita curator of the SFMoMA Department of Photography, Sandra Phillips has been behind many important exhibitions. She has been devoted to becoming a leading researcher on Japanese photographer in the West. We talked to her about her impressions of this year's New Cosmos of Photography judging, how Japanese photographers differ from the West, and her view of the future.

    May 31, 2018

  • VIDEO INSTALLATION

    Hiraki Sawa
    (Artist, Judge of the 41st competition)

    His work, “Ulo Ulo Ulo” in which different phenomena were simply happening, was captured with images inflating the viewer's imagination and deriving a new perspective. I interviewed Mr. Sawa, who took up the challenge of devising a new form of image expression and installation, and shooting in the night darkness.

    May 31, 2018

  • INTERVIEW

    Yoshihiko Ueda
    (Photographer, Judge of the 40th competition)

    Yoshihiko Ueda has been at the forefront of commercial photography for many years and has put out numerous original works as well. We asked Mr. Ueda about his path to this point and the origins of his stylish works that fascinate so many people, his original worldview, and his ideas.

    May 31, 2018

  • INTERVIEW

    Alec Soth
    (Photographer, Judge of the 40th competition)

    As one of America's leading photographers, Alec Soth enjoys widespread acclain. In his view, contemporary photography is a means of communication and it has cultual meaning, much like a language. Sandra Phillips (Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) sat down with him to talk about the process of establishing his own style and his impressions from judging this year's New Cosmos of Photography.

    February 27, 2018

  • INTERVIEW

    Dayanita Singh
    (Artist, Judge of the 40th competition)

    Having been invited twice to the Venice Biennale (in 2011 and 2013) and holding solo exhibitions in leading galleries around the world, Dayanita Singh is a towering presence in today's art scene. We spoke with Ms. Singh about her impressions of judging the contest, her deep ties with Japan, and her determination as an artist.

    February 27, 2018

  • INTERVIEW

    Kim Sajik “The Night of a Full Moon, a Man Builds a Grave and a Woman Eats Pinecones”

    Grand Prize winner of the 39th public competition in 2016 for Story. What is the story behind her solo exhibition of new works? We spoke with Kim about the cryptic title, the concept, and the direction of her new work.

    February 27, 2018

  • INTERVIEW

    Teppei Sako “Sword and Sandal”

    Teppei Sako entered the video work Made of Stone for the 39th edition of the New Cosmos of Photography in 2015 and captured the Grand Prize by unanimous decision.
    We spoke with him about the changes he has gone through in the year since his victory and about the creation of his latest project, the solo exhibition Sword and Sandal.

    March 23, 2017

  • INTERVIEW

    Toshio Shibata
    (Photographer, Judge of the 39th competition)

    Toshio Shibata pioneered a new era of creative photographic expressions in Japan with his esteemed Quintessence of Japan series (1992) and other works. Before flourishing as a leader in contemporary photography however, he went through a lengthy period of trial and error to arrive at his own original creative expressions. Having this background, Mr. Shibata talked about his impressions at the conclusion of the New Cosmos of Photography judging and provided some advice for young people aiming to become photographers.

    March 23, 2017

  • INTERVIEW

    Osamu James Nakagawa
    (Photographer, Judge of the 39th competition)

    Osamu James Nakagawa currently teaches photography at Indiana University. Born in New York and frequently shifting back and forth between Japan and the United States, he has come to see himself as an outsider in both lands. We asked for his impressions about the 39th New Cosmos of Photography after the Grand Prize selection meeting.

    March 23, 2017

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