Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA opens
-Photographer Yuji Hamada will hold a “‘Light Layer’ Experience Workshop’ on July 30 (Sun), and photographer Taro Karibe will hold an “Art Photo Image Generation Course in the AI Era” on August 12 (Sat)-
“Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA” jointly held by Amana Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President and Group CEO Hironobu Shindo, hereinafter “Amana”), which realizes creative communication innovation, and Miyota-cho (Location: Miyota-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Mayor: Takushi Kozono) opened on Saturday, July 15, 2023.
[Image 1: https://prtimes.jp/i/40283/264/resize/d40283-264-79add556a8d1dded3c0c-0.jpg&s3=40283-264-108be8b3b2dad271a6a92d9596f27de6-2500×1667.jpg] Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA venue entrance The theme of this year’s 4th festival is “Image Testing Ground”. The experimental attitude of the artists facing the times can be seen in the works generated by AI, the new expression methods realized by the evolution of printing technology, the dynamic scale of the festival and the installation method using unique supports. Workshops and events by participating artists will also be held during the exhibition.
Installation view (part)
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(Front) Konst | konst “Unprocessed Images, 2023” installation view
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Shigeo Anzai, Anthony Cairns, Shinji Otani, Kiyoshi Otsuji, Maiko Okada, Kensaku Kakimoto, Taro Karibe, Christo & Andrew, Gregory Halpern, Const, Julie Cockburn, Takashi Suzuki, Dora Lionstone, Nico Crizino, Tatzu Nishino, Hana Whitaker, Yuji Hamada, Kanade Hamamoto, Max Pinkers & Victoria Gonzalez-Figueras, Ryu Ika
– July 30th (Sun) Yuji Hamada “Layer of Light” Experience Workshop – We will hold a workshop where you can learn and experience the “color of light” by photographer Yuji Hamada.
The “three primary colors of light” Red, Green, and Blue, which are also the theme of Yuji Hamada’s work “R G B” on display this time, are different from color materials, and when they overlap, the color approaches white. In addition, there is a characteristic that an infinite number of color reproductions are created by overlapping these light layers. In order to actually experience such “color of light”, the artist himself will give a lecture on shooting techniques such as shooting shadows with RGB decomposition, and will unravel the relationship between photography and color.
Date: July 30th (Sun)
Holding time: 13:30-15:30
Venue: Workshop space on the 2nd floor of the MMoP MUSEUM building (1794-1 Mazeguchi, Miyota-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture) Participation fee: 1,000 yen per person
Capacity: 15 people (advance reservations required)
What to bring: If you have a camera with a multiple exposure function (If you do not have one, please share the prepared camera with other participants.)
Details and application: https://asamaphotofes.jp/news/hamadayujiws/
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Born in Osaka in 1979 and raised in Nara. Participated in
international photography festivals such as Images Vevey (Switzerland) and Marrakech Photo Festival (Morocco). Major photo collections include “photograph”, “C/M/Y”, “BRANCH” and “Primal Mountain”.
-August 12th (Saturday) Taro Karibe “Art Photo Image Generation Course in the AI Era [Stable Diffusion Edition]” –
In this workshop by artist/photographer Taro Karibe, you will learn “prompt engineering” to generate images like photographs while actually using the image generation AI “Stable Diffusion” while cross-sectionally understanding the latest generation AI, previous works, examples of impact on society, and the relationship between technology and humans. “Prompt” is an instruction to control the output of generated AI, and is commonly called “spell” in Japanese. Knowledge of photography techniques, such as lighting techniques and lens work, is essential in order to obtain the desired image. Through this workshop, let’s re-encounter photography while making art photos without using a camera.
Date: Saturday, August 12th
Time: 1. Morning meeting 10:30-12:30 2. Afternoon meeting 14:00-16:00 *The morning and afternoon programs will be the same.
Venue: Workshop space on the 2nd floor of the MMoP MUSEUM building (1794-1 Mazeguchi, Miyota-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture) Participation fee: 3,000 yen
Capacity: 15 people each time
What to bring: Please bring your own laptop. Please create a Dream Studio account and check the operation in advance.
Details and application: https://asamaphotofes.jp/news/0812/
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Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1988. Lives in Tokyo. Major exhibitions include “Platform 29.8” (ANB Tokyo, Tokyo, 2022), “Saori” (Kyoto International Photo Festival KG+ SELECT, Kyoto, 2021), “Age of Photon / INCIDENTS” (IMA gallery, Tokyo, 2020).
What is “Asama International Photo Festival”?
The “Asama International Photo Festival” is an art photo festival where you can experience various photography with all five senses in the beautiful nature of Mt. Asama. Started in 2018, it has been held jointly with local governments and local companies at multiple venues at the foot of Mt. Under the curation of Mutsuko Ota, editorial director of Amana’s art photo magazine “IMA” and co-curator Ivan Vartanian, works of outstanding photographers from Japan and abroad will be exhibited indoors and outdoors. We also hold hands-on events such as workshops and photography classes that propose the joy of photography.
Overview of the “Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA” Date: July 15th (Sat) to September 3rd (Sun), 2023
Closed on Wednesdays (except Wednesday, August 16) *Outdoor
exhibitions can be viewed freely
Hours: 10:00-17:00 (last admission to indoor exhibitions: until 16:30) Venue: MMoP | (Address) 1794-1 Mazeguchi, Miyota-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano 389-0207
Admission fee: 1,000 yen (some buildings only, free for junior high school students and younger)
Organizer: Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA Executive Committee
Support: Nagano Prefecture, Shinshu University, Nagano Prefectural Tourism Organization, Shinano Railway Co., Ltd., Shinano Mainichi Shimbun
Sponsors: The Row, Mazda Co., Ltd., Panasonic Co., Ltd., Panasonic Imaging Co., Ltd., Hiramatsu Co., Ltd., Karuizawa Whiskey Co., Ltd., Totsuka Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., Oi Construction Co., Ltd., Kaneto Co., Ltd., Nikkoku Seifun Co., Ltd., MinebeaMitsumi Co., Ltd., ALSOK, Endo Lighting Co., Ltd., Octanorm Japan Co., Ltd., Cox Co., Ltd., Shinshu Ham Co., Ltd., swissQprint Japan Co., Ltd., Niche X, Muse D Co., Ltd. [Executive Committee Chairperson] Hiroshi Kozono (Mayor of Miyota Town) [Deputy Executive Committee Chairman] Hironobu Shindo (Representative Director of amana Inc. and Amana Group CEO)
[Exhibition Director] Mutsuko Ota (“IMA” editorial director, affiliated with Amana),
Ivan Vartanian (Independent Curator)
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