Calm Water: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography - Video Interview of Naoya Yoshikawa at PIP Festival

This time, we will introduce another curatorial exhibition at the 2018 Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP Festival). Named "Calm water", the exhibition presented originally photographic expression by 5 contemporary Japanese photographers' works. Besides, the exhibition was curated by experienced curator and photographer Naoya Yoshikawa.

Project Title: Calm Water : An Exhibition of 5 Contemporary Japanese Photographers

Curator: Naoya Yoshikawa

Artists: Daisuke Iwamoto, Takahiro Masuda ,Yuri Ozaki, Kazutaka Shioi, Kensaku Tanaka.

(Video interview of Naoya Yoshikawa in "Calm Water")

Curator's Biography:


Yoshitomi Photo Festival, Kyoto, Japan.

7th International Project "ZED", the Czech Republic.

"In-Visible", Gallery of the Osaka University of Arts.

An International director of the Inchon Marine Festival of the Photography & Video, Inchon, Korea.


7th Dali International Photo Festival, Yunnan, China. (Dali Intn'l Photo Festival Federation of Photography President Award)

17th Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China.

18th "LABIRYNTH" New Art Festival, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany/Poland.


An Art Director of "Daegu Photo Biennale 2016", Daegu City, Korea.


Visiting Professor of Osaka University of Arts, Japan.


>> Full Bio of Naoya Yoshikawa.


Project's Introduction:

Japanese photography in the second half of the 20th century is very diverse and exciting. Before and after entering the 21st century, the interest of photographers of the young generation of Japan shifted from society to self and they seem to have calmed down like a calm water surface. However, it did not diminish the power of Japanese photography. After the Nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Tsunami of March 11, 2011, Young Japanese Photographers have begun to explore new ways from chaotic feelings of emptiness. The works of the five photographers introduced here go back to the origin of photographic expression, namely, the world drawn with light. While maintaining beauty like a quiet water surface, they are seeking their own way.

Artists' Bios and Photos:

Daisuke Iwamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1979, and grew up in Aichi, Japan.

He graduated from the Department of Photography, Osaka University of Arts, and then worked assistant photographer at an advertising photo studio, and as a teaching assistant at the Osaka University of Arts. Afterwards he became a freelance photographer, and established himself as an artist. Currently he lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

(Photo by Daisuke Iwamoto)

Takahiro Masuda

Born in 1980, Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Takarazuka University of Art and Design, Department of Painting, B.A.

"This works were taken through the window of the super express 'Shinkansen'. The Super express 'Shinkansen', a bullet train, began operations on October 1st 1964, nine days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics games. The first bullet train ran at 210 km per hour and attracted attention as the fastest train in the world. Along with Japan's high-speed economic growth and Olympic boom, it embodied Japan's hope for future business development. Now its maximum speed on scheduled journeys is 320 km per hour, the same speed as the TGV-LGV in France.

Everyday, I take picture about the people who lives the town or village along the super express. I take a panning shot of a train to use a slow shutter speed. You may share many experiences throughout their lives together: happiness, sorrow, laughter, and on occasion, anger through my work. You could touch the other world through the window of the super express 'Shinkansen'."

(Photo by Takahiro Masuda)

Yuri Ozaki

Started photography since 2010 as a self-taught photographer. Now, She is living in Osaka and working at the specialized cancer hospital in RP section as administrative staff and designer in Kobe. Artist with 8 years of related photography experience, as well as varied accomplishments including exhibitions, and selected portfolio reviews, some workshops in Japan, and various Photo book Fairs in Japan and overseas.

(Photo by Yuri Ozaki)

Kazutaka Shioi

Born in Miyazaki, Japan. Graduated from Fukuoka University of Education with B.F.A. in 2009 and M.Ed in 2011.

(Photo by Kazutaka Shioi)

Kensaku Tanaka

Born in 1987, Hyogo, Japan. Graduated from Takarazuka University of Art and Design, Photography with B.F.A. in 2010 and Takarazuka University with M.F.A. in 2012.

(Photo by Kensaku Tanaka)

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