KYOTOGRAPHIE, held in the spring in the ancient city of Kyoto,is one of the few truly international artistic events taking place in Japan. While honoring its millennium of history and tradition, Kyoto is at the same time a leading light of culture on an international scale.
Valuable collections of photography and works by internationally renowned artists are exhibited in elegant, historic buildings as well as modern architectural spaces. Some shows feature the work of traditional artisans, while others highlight collaborations with the most modern technology. The exhibitions are presented outside the traditional galley format and work in harmony with the spaces in which they reside. Our goal is to present a multifaceted photography festival that cannot be found anywhere else but Kyoto.
Life inhabits and defends various borders. These lines shape our existence and frame our experience; they protect, destroy, discriminate, and differentiate life in all forms. Human instinct pushes us to evolve, face new frontiers and create new territories. This innate desire to differentiate and break boundaries is a powerful force in nature and essential to survival. In 2023, we seek out these borders, identified as physical, temporary, transient, or transparent.
Lucille Reyboz & Yusuke Nakanishi
Co-founders and Co-Directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE
International Photography Festival 2023
Kyoto International Photography Festival 2023
- 2023 THEME
- April 15 (Sat) - May 14 (Sun), 2023
- HOSTED BY
- KYOTOGRAPHIE General Incorporated Association
- Kyoto City, Kyoto City Board of Education
- SUPPORTED BY
- Kyoto Prefecture, Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français au Japon
Photographer. Born in 1973 in Lyon, France, Lucille Reyboz began her journey with photography in Africa, where she spent most of her childhood. She first came to Japan in 1999, invited by Ryuichi Sakamoto to collaborate on his opera “Life.” As a portrait photographer, Lucille Reyboz produced numerous record covers for labels such as Blue Note and Verve working with many renowned artists over her 20 years in the industry. She exhibited her work in Africa, Japan and around the world; most notably in Visa pour l’image (2001), Phillips de Pury in New York (2007), and CHANEL NEXUS HALL, Tokyo (2011). She published several books, including Batammaba by Gallimard, Belles de Bamako and Impressions du Japon with Keiichiro Hirano by Editions de la Martinière. Together with Yusuke Nakanishi, Lucille Reyboz co-founded and is the co-director of KYOTOGRAPHIE in 2013, and KYOTOPHONIE Borderless Music Festival in 2023.
Lighting Director. Yusuke Nakanishi was born in 1968 in Fukuoka, and currently lives in Kyoto. He travels the world, expressing his impressions of light and shadow from his memories. He has worked as a lighting director for music videos, feature films, stages, music concerts, fashion shows and interior designs. He also created lighting object series eatable lights and Tamashii and has exhibited installations at the Hara Museum, School Gallery (Paris), including Nuit Blanche in Kyoto. He co-founded KYOTOGRAPHIE with Lucille Reyboz in 2013 and is the co-director. In Autumn 2022, he was involved in the creative direction for Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition LIGHT OF FLOWERS, which was held on the grounds of Shimogamo Shrine and the Tadasunomori Forest. In 2023, he co-founded KYOTOPHONIE Borderless Music Festival with Lucille Reyboz.
The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami was a vivid reminder of the need for solid platforms for communication and cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world. Japanese camera and printing technology is legendary, but Japanese photographers still have a long way to go in terms of being recognized for their use of photography as a medium of expression. KYOTOGRAPHIE seeks to explore issues that affect us all through photography while showcasing the incredible talent in Japan and the rest of the world here in Kyoto, a city of both tradition and innovation.
In this effort we have benefited from the assistance of numerous corporations, organizations and individuals, as well as the city, prefectural and national governments. Without this support, KYOTOGRAPHIE would not be possible.
Young people, in particular, have the potential to serve as a link between Japan and the rest of the world. While every day of preparation has been a process of trial and error, each one has brought new encounters and opportunities.
We are confident this fusion of the new and the old will bring about new ways of thinking, and propel our festival to new heights.
- KYOTOGRAPHIE aims to foster an appreciation of photography as a medium and art form.
- We actively seek innovation in audience and artist engagement, and bring opportunities’ for professional development, collaboration and self-expression.
- We strive to educate through our Public Program and exhibitions.
- We inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of photography, with original scenography in traditional and contemporary architecture.
KYOTOPHONIE is a new international borderless music festival created in the spirit of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival.
KYOTOPHONIE creates genuine experiences in unique venues, with an eclectic lineup of artists to share various music genres. These concerts present the opportunity for physical reconnection through live music and intimate moments.
KG+ is a publicly recruited art festival started in 2013 with the aim of discovering and supporting upcoming talents among photographers and curators.
In 2023, the eleventh year of this festival, we aim for sending new talent from Kyoto to the world. We are going to hold an exhibition by recruiting a wide range of motivated artists.
DELTA is KYOTOGRAPHIE’s permanent exhibition space that opened in Autumn 2020 in Demachi Masugata Shopping Arcade in Kyoto. DELTA’s name is inspired by the iconic landscape of the confluence of the Kamogawa and Takanogawa rivers, which is locally referred to as the 'Kamogawa Delta.’ It is a project space to propagate new ideas that arise from the convergence of opposites: East and West, tradition and innovation, mainstream and underground, local and global.
Special Collaboration for 2023
Special Collaboration for 2023
Special Collaboration for 2023