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International Portfolio Review 2019
Supported by FUJIFILM

International Portfolio Review

In 2019, we welcome you to the fifth edition of our International Portfolio Review.
Our portfolio review is a place where professionals and photographers meet. Every spring during KYOTOGRAPHIE, leading figures in the field of photography including curators, gallerists, festival directors, publishers gather. For the fifth edition, we invite professionals in the field of modern art for the first time. Kyotographie respect and appreciate different forms of expression through photography. Having more diversed reviewers is our contribution to photographers for new opportunities.
During the fourth edition of the review KYOTOGRAPHIE welcomed 26 reviewers from 10 countries, and 87 participating photographers from 11 countries gathered to meet for the review. Some of the photographers have received excellent opportunities from the event, in the form of exhibitions in Europe, Japan (TOKYOGRAPHIE) and China. The sale of photobooks in France, and winning a world-class photo award.

Our portfolio review is all-inclusive, open to all ages, nationalities and career level. We look forward to your submission!

Francis Cheval + Audrey Hoareau
Yumi Goto

Wei-I Lee

About the review

Reviews are 20 minutes long with a 10-minute break in between. Every effort will be made during the allocation process to meet your preferences. When Allocating, the result of screening, your preferences and your submitted work will be taken into consideration. In principle, we plan to allocate you at least one of the preferred reviewer if you select to receive 3 reviews, and two the preferred reviewers if you select to receive 5 reviews. Also, participants will have reviewers whom Kyotographie recommends. Please understand that the number of sessions varies by reviewers, and that we do not guarantee that you will have reviewers of your preferences. Interpretation will be provided in English, French and Japanese. For other languages, please make arrangements for an interpreter on your own.

CROSSING – Portfolio Review & KG+ Party

The “CROSSING―Portfolio Review & KG+ Party” at Hyatt Regency KYOTO gathers various and many photographic people including photographers, reviewers, KYOTOGRAPHIE artists, KG+ artists, KYOTOGRAPHIE organizers and so on. This is an opportunity to meet and connect with people in the field of photography. Participants will have another opportunity to connect with people in the industry.

In addition, we will hold “Portfolio Walk” where you can present your photos to professionals directly.
In 2019, we offer the “FUJIFILM AWARD”. One winner among the finalists, selected by reviewers will receive the prize from FUJIFILM.

Annemarie Zethof


FUJIFILM X100F (Color: Silver)

FUJIFILM AWARD Special Exhibition

Exhibition in FUJIFILM SQUARE, Tokyo
In addition to the camera prize, the winner will be given the opportunity to exhibit his/her works at the gallery space in FUJIFILM SQUARE (Roppongi, Tokyo Midtown) in Fall 2019.
The expenses for the exhibition (including printing, framing and installation costs) will be fully supported by FUJIFILM.



Basic Information
Dates 2019.4.12 Fri. – 14 Sun. | 10:00 – 17:30
Fee 3 reviews: ¥30,000 tax incl. with Passport ticket
5 reviews: ¥40,000 tax incl. with Passport ticket
About 20 min for each session.
Venue Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Application Deadline Thursday, March 21st 2019, 11:59PM

*Due to the popularity, we have extended the deadline
CROSSING – Portfolio Review & KG+ Party
Dates 2018.4.14 Sun. 19:00 – 21:00
(Door Opens at 18:30)
Fee ¥2000(including 2 drinks)
Venue Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Note The winner of the FUJIFILM AWARD will need to attend this event for the award ceremony.

After the final day of the review, we have PORTFOLIO WALK as last year during the CROSSING Party. We provide a designated space for participants to show their portfolio to visitors of the party, such as reviewers, other photographers, KG+ artists, KYOTOGRAPHIE artists & organizers. Participants will be selected from portfolio review participants who choose to participate in this event.
Fee is not required for a participation.


​Hyatt Regency Kyoto
644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0941
Tel: +81 75 541 1234

Simon Baker
Director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Simon Baker has been director of MEP since May, 2018. Prior to this he was Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate, London where he curated exhibitions including Don McCullin (Tate Britain, 2019), Shape of Light (Tate Modern, 2018) Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, 2016), Conflict, Time, Photography (Tate Modern, 2014), and William Klein + Daido Moriyama (Tate Modern, 2012). His first exhibitions for MEP, which opened in March 2019, were Coco Capitan: Busy Living, and Ren Hang: Love, Ren Hang. Simon Baker has a PhD in History of Art and was Associate Professor of Art History at the Nottingham University (2004-2009). He has published widely on the history of art including the recent monograph George Condo: Painting Reconfigured (Thames and Hudson, 2015). Recent publications on photography include essays for books on Coco Capitan, Antony Cairns, Mari Katayama and Maya Rochat.

Andréa Holzherr
Global Exhibitions Director
Magnum Photos International
Language:English & German

Andréa Holzherr (born in 1964 in Tübingen) lives and works in Paris as an exhibition manager, publicist and curator. She studied at the Ecole du Louvre Paris as well as at the Sorbonne.
She has been working since 2003 as the global exhibitions director and curator for Magnum Photos, Paris and is responsible for promoting the Magnum Archive through active exhibition work in collaboration with international museums and cultural institutions in Europe. Before, she worked at the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris as assistant curator to the director.
Andréa Holzherr has curated numerous exhibitions, among others Bang Bang, Tatort Kunst 2012 at Haus der Kunst Uri and the CCA, Palma de Mallorca; Mythos Kindheit 2010 at the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, the Haus für Kunst Uri and the CCA, Palma de Mallorca; Elina Brotherus: The New Painting 2006 at the Finnish Museum of Photography, and Stella Polaris 2006 at Paris Photo. In September 2013 she was the responsible curator for the 5. Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg in Germany.
Her publications include such titles as Eve Arnold Homage (2012), Helsinki School (2005-2011), George Rodger Unterwegs (2009), Elina Brotherus (2005), as well as numerous publications in specialist contemporary photography magazines.

Sonia Voss
Independent Curator
Language:English & French & Germany

Sonia Voss is the curator of "Alfred Ehrhardt: The Forms of Nature" in this year's KYOTOGRAPHIE. Recently, she curated "Sophie Calle, Serena Carone. Beau doublé, monsieur le marquis !" at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2017-2018); "Anton Roland Laub: Mobile Churches" at locations in Berlin, Paris, and Arles (2017-2018); "Josef Koudelka: Invasion. Exiles. Wall" at C/O Berlin (2017, in collaboration with Xavier Barral); and "George Shiras. L’intérieur de la nuit" at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (2015-2016). Upcoming exhibitions include the first large-scale exhibition in France on the photography of the former East Germany (Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2019). Voss has edited books at Xavier Barral, Filigranes, and Kehrer Verlag. She lives in Berlin and Paris.

Pascal Beausse
Art Critic & Curator
Head of Photographic Collections (Centre National des Arts Plastique)
Language:French & English

An Art Critic and a Curator, Pascal Beausse is currently the Head of Photographic Collections at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) in Paris.
He contributed to magazines and art journals such as Art Press, Critique d’art and Flash Art. He has published essays, articles, interviews and catalogues on the work of Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, Teresa Margolles, Allan Sekula, Bruno Serralongue, Cécile Hartmann and Wang Du, among others.
Recent exhibitions curated by Pascal Beausse include Tadashi Ono/Tomomi Morita (Kyotographie, Kyoto, 2018), Vivre avec les bêtes (Gwinzegal, Guingamp, 2018), Hiroshima Art Document (Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima, 2018), Y he aquí la luz (Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia, Bogotá, 2017), The Family of the Invisibles (Seoul Museum of Art, 2016), among others. Pascal Beausse was a resident at Villa Kujoyama in 2007.

フランソワ・シュヴァル & オードリー・オアロー
François Cheval + Audrey Hoareau
Co-founder of The Red Eye
Co-Director of Lianzhou Museum of Photography
Former Director of Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Assistant Director of Lianzhou Museum of Photography
Former Assistant Curator in Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

François Cheval:
François Cheval was born in 1954 and has a background in history and ethnology. He has served as a museum curator since 1982, initially in the Jura and the Réunion before being named director of the muse Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône in 1996. Cheval strives to rid photography of its old presumptions and to resent photographic originality through new forms of museology and revitalized discourse. Most significantly, he has both curated noteworthy retrospectives of photographers such as Denis Roche, John Batho, Gérard Collin-Thiébaut, Peter Knapp, Mac Adams, and Raoul Coutard, and has been a resolute champion of emerging photographers such as Elina Brotherus, JH Engström, Claire Chevrier, Antoine d’Agata, Charles Fréger, and Raphaël Dallaporta.
This year The Red Eye is nominated to be artistic directors of the next "Circulation(s)" edition, a photographic festival which promote emergent European photography in Paris.

Audrey Hoareau:
After her higher education in communication and exhibition industry, Audrey Hoareau started her career at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône from 2003 to 2016. She carried out several studies on the collections before concentrating on the exhibitions (Peter Knapp retrospective in 2008, André Steiner retrospective in 2011 ou Henri Dauman retrospective in 2013). In 2016, she started, with François Cheval, The Red Eye, a structure carrying out photography projects. Together, they coordinate the opening for the end of 2017, of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (China).
This year The Red Eye is nominated to be artistic directors of the next "Circulation(s)" edition, a photographic festival which promote emergent European photography in Paris.

Takahiro Kaneshima
Art Producer
Language:Japanese & English

Born in 1977 and lives in Kyoto. Kaneshima is art producer, and researcher. After receiving his master's degree from Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Kaneshima worked for NOKIA, TOSHIBA, TOKYO Gallery + BTAP and ART iT. He founded FEC in 2007 and curates exhibitions, coordinates cultural exchange programs, supports artists in creation and researches contemporary art in East Asia. Since 2011, Kaneshima has been the executive director of Art Fair Tokyo and was the artistic director for Art Beijing in 2016. He is now in the PhD course at Kyoto City University of Arts and teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Karin Andreasson
News Picture Editor (Guardian News & Media)

Karin Andreasson is a London based picture editor where she currently works as news picture editor for the Guardian's print edition. During her ten years at the newspaper she has worked across all print titles, including Weekend Magazine, G2 as well as the website. While on G2 Karin wrote for the photography column My Best Shot, interviewing leading photographers including Erwin Wurm; Mick Rock and Carrie Mae Weems. Prior to working at the Guardian Karin worked at the Evening Standard, NME and Time Out. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Central St Martins and a Masters in History of Photography from Birkbeck. Karin is a regular participant at photography festivals and has been invited to portfolio reviews at Rencontres D'Arles, Photo Espania and FORMAT Photography Festival. She has been an international panelist on photography competitions and last year worked with Women Photograph on their inaugural mentoring program for emerging photographers.

Rong Rong & Inri
Founders of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre
Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival Founder
Language:Japanese & Chinese

RongRong (China) and inri (Japan) have been working together since 2000. Their works reflect the intimate world that they have created together and push the boundaries of traditional black-and-white darkroom tech- niques. Their critically acclaimed series of works, such as Mt. Fuji (2001), Liulitun (1996-2003), and Tsumari Story (2012-2014), reflect their shared life and surroundings, delving into the rapidly changing world around them.
In 2007, RongRong & inri established the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in the Beijing arts district Caochangdi. In 2008, they launched the annual Three Shadows Photography Award, a prize aimed at discovering and encouraging China's most promising young photographers. In 2010, they started a collaboration with the Arles International Photography Festival and co-produced the Caochangdi Photo Spring Festival in Beijing for three years - from 2010 to 2012. They have continued this collaboration at Three Shadows' Xiamen loca- tion, where since 2015 they have co-hosted the Arles x Jimei Festival .
RongRong&inri received the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the 2016 Sony World Photog- raphy Awards, recognized for both their careers as artists and their significant impact on Asian photography.

Mutsuko Ota
IMA Editorial Director


Mutsuko Ota is Editorial Director of IMA magazine. born in Tokyo, 1968. She started her career as an editor at Marie Claire and worked at several men’s magazines such as Esquire, GQ and others as feature editor on travel, gastronomy, culture, art and photography among other areas. Along with collaborating with several magazines as a freelance editor, she also became involved in various fields including art projects, book and catalogue editing, and film promotion throughout her career. She published IMA magazine in 2012. While she participates in magazines As an editorial director, photo books and exhibitions, she runs IMA gallery in Tennousu, Tokyo.

Nicolas Jimenez
Director of Photography of Le Monde

Nicolas Jimenez is the director of photography of the French daily newspaper Le Monde. From 1999 to 2004 he worked, for the international festival of photojournalism Visa pour l'Image. In 2005, when Le Monde decided to become a major actor of the photo industry he became national photo editor until 2008, then the head of the photo department. Le Monde is now one of the three biggest photojournalism producer in french speaking press.

Mouna Mekouar
Independent Curator
Art Critic
Language:French & English

Mouna Mekouar is an independent curator and art critic. She held curatorial positions at Centre Pompidou- Metz, Metz (2008-2010) and at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011-2013). She is preparing with Martin Bethenod a group show at Punta della Dogana in Venice (march-december 2019). ‘Luogo e Segni’ (‘Place and Signs’) which takes its title from a painting by Carol Rama brings together over one hundred works, by thirty artists, from Pinault Collection. Simultaneously, she is preparing an exhibition with Christo entitled ‘Femmes 1962-1968’ at musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (march-june 2019). She has curated several exhibitions, including a show entitled ‘Garden of Memory’ with Etel Adnan, Simone Fattal and Bob Wilson at musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (2018), Phillipe Parreno‘s Carte Blanche ‘Anywhere, anywhere out of the world’ at Palais de Tokyo (2013). She also curated ‘Tino Sehgal à Marrakech’ (2016), a unique project that unfolded on the Jemâa el-Fna square in Marrakech. As associate curator she also collaborated to numerous exhibitions such as ‘Formes Simples’ (2015) and ‘Chefs d’œuvres ?’ (2011), presented at Centre Pompidou-Metz, and to major appointments of the art world, such as the 11th edition of the Shanghai Biennial in 2016. She has published numerous essays and publications and regularly collaborates with specialised magazines.

Yumi Goto
Independent Curator
Language:Japanese & English

Goto is a freelance photography consultant based in Asia. Her work field is a comprehensive consultant related to photography including producing, curation, photo-editing, and research. Her main themes are war, contemporary social issues, human rights, women’s rights, and so on. Past works of hers include campaingns and publications with photographs for NGOs, humanitarian aid, and human rights groups, nominations, curations, and productions of international awards, and photography festivals.

Taka Kawachi
Benrido, Overseas Division Director
Language:Japanese & English

Taka Kawachi has extensive international experience, having graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, to then working in New York City as a book editor and curator for 15 years. Returning to Japan in 2011, he held the position of Director for the Amana Photo Collection, overseeing the development of the company’s acquisitions of more than 550 Japanese photographic works in four years. In 2016, Kawachi published his first book Art no Iriguchi (Entrance to the Arts, on American Art) followed by his second publication on European Art released in the fall of the same year. His publications illustrate his experiences of art and photography and offers readers an opportunity to engage with the history and subjects of both regions from his unique point of view. He is currenlty the Director of the Overseas Division of Kyoto’s Benrido, working to disseminate the classic and rare photographic process of Collotype, and produced portfolios of Saul Leiter and J.H. Lartigue, etc.

José A. Figueroa
Photographer & Cameraman
Language:English & Spanish

Born in 1946, Havana. José A. Figueroa is believed to be one of the photographers that allowed the transition from documentary photography to symbolic and conceptual photography in Cuba. He trained as photographer from 1964 to 1968 working as an assistant in Studios Korda. Between 1968 and 1976 he continued his career as a photo-reporter of the prestigious Cuban magazine Cuba Internacional. After working for five years as a cameraman for the Cuban film industry from 1976 to 1982, he travels to Angola, as a war correspondent (1982-1983) where he works in photography and cinema. His work of the 1990’s and up to the present time bears a resemblance to the life of the inhabitants of his country: a permanent exercise of introspection, in which he searches for the “the whys and wherefores” of a historical time that has gone from Utopia to reality. His latest solo shows includes Un Autorretrato Cubano (Caixa Cultural São Paulo/Caixa Cultural Brasília, 2018), and A Transitional Generation (Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Florida, 2019). Also, his work is part of the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA.

Andrew Sanigar
Commissioning Editor for Photography and Design at Thames & Hudson

"Andrew Sanigar is a Commissioning Editor for Photography and Design at Thames & Hudson where his role is to develop the company’s programme of photography publications as well as those in other subject areas including design, advertising and branding. Notable photography titles he has commissioned include those from a long standing collaboration with Magnum Photos, including Magnum Magnum (first published in 2007), Magnum Contact Sheets(first published in 2011), Magnum Manifesto (published in 2017) and Magnum China (published in 2018), which have been published in a total of 11 languages, Coming into Fashion by Nathalie Herschdorfer (2012), Landmark by William A. Ewing (2014) and Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements (2016). His most recent photography publications include Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive and Civilization: The Way We Live Now, both of which are accompanied by internationally touring exhibitions. Forthcoming highlights for 2019 and beyond include Body: The Photography Book, a career to date monograph on the work of Anja Niemi titled In Character and a survey of contemporary African photography curated by Ekow Eshun titled Africa State of Mind.

Christiane Stahl
Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung Director
Language:German & English

Born in 1963 in Mannheim / Germany. Studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and at the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin, as well as theatre, film and media studies at FU Berlin. Worked since 1991 for German History Museum Berlin, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Dresdner Hygiene Museum, Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne. Since 2002 founding director of the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation in Cologne. 2005 PhD at FU Berlin about Alfred Ehrhardt‘s early photographic work. 2008-2014 Corporate Vice President of the German Photographic Society. 2010 moves the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation to Berlin. Since then member of the board of advice of the European Month of Photography. Curatorial works, publications, lectures, jury-activities, portfolio-viewings with focus on modern and contemporary photography.

Kazuya Kondo
Graphic Designer
Art Director

Born in Tokyo, graduated from literary department in Seijo University and graphic research department in Kuwasawa Design School. He has got Tokyo ADC Hara Hiroshi Award in 1998, and Praha Typography Design Club Award from Bruno Graphic Biennare in 2000. His design area includes publications and printed matters related to contemporary art, photography, music, contemporary dance, and performance. The original and conceptual exhibition catalogs he designs are acclaimed as “another exhibitions”. He also has announced an installation video themed as “the process of the artist’s creation”. The main catalogs and photo books he designed includes Wolfgang Tillmans Exhibition (2004), Sugimoto Hiroshi Exhibition (2005), Thomas Demand (2012), Andreas Gursky (2013), and The Pencil of the Sun: New Edition by Shomei Tomatsu (2015), CORRESPONDENCE – Letter to a Friend by Tomoko Yoneda (2018). Currently working as a professor at Tohoku University of Design and Arts.

Eriko Kimura
Curator, Yokohama Museum of Art
Curatorial Head, Yokohama Triennale 2020
Language:Japanese & English

Eriko Kimura has been working as a curator for Yokohama Museum of Art since 2000, and currently working as a head curator for Yokohama Triennale (2020). She was also a curator for Yokohama Triennale (2014, 2017) and an assistant curator for Yokohama Triennale (2005). Having previously worked as a guest curator for Kuandu Biennale (Taipei, 2008) and also participated as a commissioner at Busan Sea Art Festival (2011). Research interest areas include contemporary art, sculpture, photography and video art, experimental art, performance and contemporary cultural theory. Recent curated exhibitions includes Showa Portraits: Tracing the People and History of the Showa Era through Photography. From Photography Collection of Yokohama Museum of Art (Arts Maebashi, 2018), BODY / PLAY / POLITICS (YMA, 2016), NARA Yoshitomo: a bit like you and me… (YMA, 2012 / toured to Aomori Museum of Art, 2013 / Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, 2013), Takamine Tadasu: Too Far To See (YMA, 2011 / toured to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011 / Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2011 / Kirishima Open-air Museum, 2011), Tabaimo: DANMEN (YMA, 2009-2010 / National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2010).

Isabella van Marle
Head of Artist & Gallery Relations of Unseen

Isabella van Marle is the Head of Artist & Gallery Relations of Unseen, the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the world of photography, Unseen provides a channel for up-and coming talent to showcase their work, as well as presenting the newest work by established artists. Isabella is responsible for the fair element of Unseen Amsterdam and is always searching for emerging talent. She is in charge of the galleries and their selection of artists and aims to present high quality projects and showcase diverse approaches to the medium at the fair.
With a constant program of events, Unseen is a year-round platform that brings the international photography community together to discuss and debate the directions in which the photographic medium is evolving. Unseen Amsterdam is returning for its eighth edition in September 2019.

Fumiko Nakamura
Curator at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Fumiko Nakamura is the curator of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan. She explores the relationship between the visual culture, especially the photography, and the contemporary art through exhibitions and research. Recent curatorial exhibitions include Art as magic : visionary artists : their inner supernatural world(Aichi, Japan, 2012), Photography will be (Aichi, Japan, 2014) . And she organized “APMoA Project, ARCH” series to nurture the young artists and represented Nobuaki Itoh, Yuki Iiyama, Yoichi Umetsu and Yosuke Bandai. In 2017, she curated the group exhibition Play in the Flow in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Éric Karsenty
Editor-in-chief at FISHEYE Magazine

Graduate of the famous Arles Photo School (ENSP) in 1985, Éric Karsenty joined the team of « Le mois de la Photo à Paris », then he joined the agency of photographers Editing in 1989. He was always Interested by the photographic press. His training as editor in 2008, led him to work with Images magazine such as the magazine Zmâla, l’œil curieux before joining Fisheye magazine as editor-in-chief in 2014.

Annemarie Zethof
Director and co-founder of IBASHO in Antwerp, Belgium
Language:English & Dutch

Annemarie Zethof was born in 1971 in the Netherlands. After a career of 10 years as a solicitor in Amsterdam she switched to photography. She studied at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam, Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and has a Masters Degree in Photography from the University of Manchester. After having lived in London for nearly 6 years and having interned with James Hyman Gallery in London, she moved to Antwerp to open a gallery specialised in Japanese photography together with her husband, Martijn van Pieterson. Since the opening of IBASHO in March 2015, the gallery has held 31 exhibitions in Antwerp, among others of Toshio Shibata, Asako Narahashi, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Yoshinori Mizutani, Miho Kajioka and VIVO. IBASHO has been participating at the photography fairs Paris Photo, Photo London, UNSEEN in Amsterdam, Haute Photographie in Rotterdam and AIPAD in New York, of which organisation IBASHO has become a member. Annemarie is also an independent curator and works at photography projects related and unrelated to Japanese photography. She is currently curating an exhibition on Japanese Nude for Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis in Leiden, the Netherlands.

宋 修庭(ソン・スジョン)
Sujong Song
Head of Research and Publication, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA)
Language:Korean & English

Sujong Song has been active in all aspects of photography, ranging from publication to exhibition and writing. She had co-founded Seoul Lunar photo Fest in 2014. She had also been on the steering committee for the Daegu Photo Biennale until 2014, and was the director of its portfolio review section.
Song served on the committees for the Angkor Photo Festival and the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Photo Award. She has curated many exhibitions: Mario Giacomelli at the Museum of Photography, Seoul in 2012; Five Views from Korea at the Noorderlicht Gallery in 2014; Two Moons at the GoEun Photography Museum in 2015; and the Map of Daily Life at the Art Museum of Lishui in 2015, to name a few.
She has judged on panels for World Press Photo, POYi, and Flash Forward among many other awards and also nominated for several awards including Prix Pictet and Joop Swart Masterclass.
She is most interested in reviewing bodies of work with an individual and articulate point of view while tackling contemporary issues. She is not interested in commercial photography. Through portfolio reviews, Ms. Song intends to find artists to collaborate with in various exhibitions. She is also able to promote artists and their work for awards and/or workshop consideration along with opportunities for exhibitions.

Shen Chao-Liang
Photographer / Curator
Convener of Photo ONE, Taipei
Language:Chinese & Japanese

Shen Chao-Liang was born in Tainan, Taiwan, in 1968. He obtained his master’s degree from the Graduate School of the Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. He worked as a Deputy Chief photographer for the Liberty Times, Taiwan, the artist in residence at National Central University and currently is the adjunct associate professor at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Aside from photographic creation, he also works on photography commentary, research, curation, and convener of the Photo ONE, Taipei. His major works include Reflections of Nan-Fang-Ao (2001) to the latter series of YULAN Magnolia Flower (2008), Tsukiji Fish Market (2010), STAGE (2011), SINGERS & STAGES (2013) and Taiwanese Vaudeville Troupes (2016). Shen won the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography (magazine category) of
R.O.C.(Taiwan) in 2000, 2002 and 2012, the Asia Award in Sagamihara, Japan (2004),
the Dong-gang Photography Award, Korea (2006), the Artists Wanted: Photography
Category Award, NY, USA (2011), the IPA (International Photography Awards) 1st Place in Professional: Book of Documentary, LA, USA (2012), and the 2015 Wu San-Lien Award, Taiwan, among others.


María Pallás
General Coordinator at PHoto ESPANA
Language:Spanish & English

Cultural manager. Degree in Humanities. University of Navarra (2003) and Master in Photography. Art and Technic. Polytechnic University of Valencia (2005). From 2006 to 2012 was responsible of collections at CDAN. Art and Nature Center. Beulas Foundation, in Huesca. In 2013, she joined La Fábrica team and is the general coordinator of PHotoESPAÑA since 2016. She has curated exhibitions as independent curator and wrote for exhibition catalogs.

Mariko Takeuchi
Photography Critic
Independent Curator
Associate Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto
Language:Japanese & English

Mariko Takeuchi is a photography critic, independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Prior to this, she was also visiting researcher of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Takeuchi was also guest curator for the Spotlight on Japan of Paris Photo 2008, and received a Fulbright Grant for her research in the US. In 2016 she was curator of Japan section at Dubai Photo Exhibition. Takeuchi is based in Kyoto, Japan, and has a M.A. in Arts from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Takeuchi has been responsible for various photography projects, including the Japanese edition of the book and touring exhibition Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape by Jonathan Torgovnik. Besides her regular articles on newspapers, Takeuchi has contributed to Ryudai Takano’s 1993-1996, Lieko Shiga’s notebook|Rasen Kaigan, Osamu James Nakagawa’s Gama Caves, and Takashi Arai’s Monuments, among many other catalogues, books and magazines. She published her first collection of texts "Silence and Image: Essays on Japanese Photography" in 2018.

Mika Kobayashi
Photo Researcher
Language:Japanese & English

Mika Kobayashi is a photo critic and curator who writes for magazines and websites, and has taught at schools and institutions in both Japan and overseas. From 2007 to 2008, she resided in the United States as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council and Patterson Fellowship, and worked on exhibitions and research to introduce Japanese photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has been a guest researcher at the Museum of Modern Art bwetween 2010 and March, 2019, and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University since 2014.

Yusuke Nakajima
Director of Tokyo Art Book Fair
Director of Bookshop (POST)

Yusuke Nakajima opened his bookstore “POST” in 2011 where he renewes the whole line up of books by publishers regularly. Additionally, one of the sections in Ebisu store permanently shows main line-ups by Steidl, Germany. Currently, as the director of the store he selects books, organises exhibitions, publishs, and coordination of bookshelves at Dover Street Market, Tokyo. Since 2015, he has been a director of Tokyo Art Book Fair, and In 2016, he founded a dummybook award “Steidl Book Award Japan” in collaboration with Steidl.

Mizuho Fujita
Curator at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA.
Language:Japanese & English

Born in 1978 in Hyogo, Japan. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Osaka University. Fujita worked as an art coordinator in Kyoto Art Center from 2011 to 2014. Recent exhibitions include Christian Jankowski: Floating World, Yuichiro Tamura: Hell Scream, and im/pulse: Vincent Moon, contact Gonzo, and the Anthro-film Laboratory. She has also coordinated several performing arts programs such as Martin Creed's Work No. 1020 (Ballet).

Tomoka Aya
Director of The Third Gallery Aya

Director of Fine-Art Photography
 Director of Osaka International Media Library

Born in Osaka, Tomoka Aya is the owner and director of The Third Gallery Aya, established in 1996. The gallery opened at the Ishiuchi Municipal Exhibition, dealing primarily with photography and contemporary art. In addition to her exhibition at the gallery, Yoshiko Okagami’s photo collage “Miracle of Silence” will also be displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Garden Museum in 2019. Eiko Yamazawa’s exhibit “My Today” is scheduled to be displayed at the Otani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya City in May and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 1997, Yamazawa produced a video titled “6 Works and 6 Artists – Being an Artist/Photographer”, a collection of interviews with six female photographers: Miho Akioka, Miyako Ishiuchi, Fusako Kodama, Yuri Nagahara, Hiroko Matsuo and Michio Matsumoto. In 2002, she served as supervising editor of the photography magazine “SHABA SHABA”, which published its final issue in 2005. In 2007, Yamazawa curated a group exhibition titled “Comical&Cynical – Contemporary Photography of Korea and Japan” and toured Korea the following year.

Hiroko Kuboyama
Director of Bloom Gallery

Born in Fukuoka and residing in Osaka, Hiroko Kuboyama founded Bloom Gallery in 2009. Kuboyama deals mainly with artists with connections to Western Japan, such as AOKI takamasa, Ikemoto Yoshimi, Ueno Oka, Uchikura Shinichiro, Otsubo Akira, Hayashi Honda, and Henguchi Yoshinori. Stemming from his post-disaster experience, Kuboyama has felt the need of creating places and systems that can preserve photographs. In recent years, in addition to conducting exchange exhibitions in collaboration with galleries and writers both in Japan and overseas, he has also conducted a wide range of activities centered on photography. His projects include collecting photographs that have been scattered throughout the region and making an archive of deceased authors.

Kotaro Iizawa
Photography Critic
Language:Japanese & English

Iizawa is a photography critic born in Miyagi in 1954. In 1977, he graduated from Department of Photography, Collage of Art, Nihon University,Tokyo. In 1984, he finished his doctorate in Department of Fine Arts from Tsukuba University, Ibaraki. His major writings include: Shashin bijutsukan e yokoso [Welcome to Photo Museum] (Kodansha, 1996), Dejigurafi: Dejitaru wa Shashin o Korosuka? (Chuokoronsha, 2004), Shashinteki Shikou (Kawade Books, 2009), Onnanoko Shashin no Jidai (NTT Publishing, 2010), Kinoko Bungaku Meisakusen (MinatoNoHito, 2010), Fukayomi: Nihon Shasin no Chomeisaku 100 (Pie International, 2012), Gendai Nihon Shasin Archive 2011-2013 (Seikyusha, 2015), and Keyword de Yomu Gendai (Nihonshashin Film Art, Inc., 2017)

Shigeo Goto
Creative Director
Art Producer
Professor at Kyoto Art University

Shigeo Goto was born in Osaka in 1954. He is an editor, creative director, art producer and professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Goto has produced many art and photo books with the motto of “unique editing”. He has also produced a major museum exhibition called “Kishin Shinoyama Exhibition Photo Power”, which has become a huge hit at over 30 museums nationwide. The number of visitors to his exhibition is on its way to exceeding 1 million. In addition to producing major exhibitions, he has served as a judge for a.a.t.m for 14 years.
Goto has produced a large number of works, such as “Art Strategy / Contemporary Art Bible” (2018). At the end of March this year, “Principles of Contemporary Photographic Art” (In collaboration with Chihiro Minato and Masafumi Fukagawa) is scheduled to be published.

Seiji Shinjo
Public relations manager at the cultural affairs department of Seigensha Art Publishing

Shinjo was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1980 and graduated from the College of Fine Arts in the videography and performing arts department at Kyoto University of Art and Design. He joined Akaaka Art Publishing in 2006 at the time of the company’s founding. During his nearly 5 years at Akaaka, he witnessed the publishing of many photo books, such as Xu Mihime's work titled "SEX", Riko Shiga's "CANARY", Atsushi Okada's "I am", Ashida Masashi's "Asada Family" and "NEW LIFE", Naoto Tsuda's "SMOKE LINE", and Kozue Takagi's "MID" and "GROUND". In 2010, he joined Seigensha Art Publishing. While managing public relations, he has produced books that defy genre. He has been involved in the publishing of photo books such as “Beasts of Mine” by Yayoi Arimoto and Jérémie Souteyrat “Tokyo Homes”.