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Profiles of judges

2014 marks the 24rd year since the inauguration of New Cosmos of Photography. During the transition from the 20th to the 21st century, the New Cosmos of Photography drew attention to a great number of photographers who have enjoyed great success inside and outside Japan. And, from now, it will showcase the next generation of photographers. In 2014, we welcome three photographers with New Cosmos of Photography award experience (Katsumi Omori, Masafumi Sanai, and HIROMIX) and two art and photo critics (Noi Sawaragi and Minoru Shimizu).

Selection jury (honorific titles omitted)

Katsumi Omori

Photographer. Born in 1963. Selected by two judges Robert Frank and Kotaro Iizawa to receive the Excellence Award in the New Cosmos of Photography 1994 (the 9th competition).
2013 “ Contemporary Japanese Photography vol.12 : every stroller can change the world,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography exhibition.
Held a solo exhibition in 2014 titled “sounds and things” (MEM).
Major photo books are: salsa gumtape (1998 Little More Co., Ltd.), encounter (2005 match and company, inc.), Sanayora (2006 Aiikusha Co., Ltd.), Bonjour (2010 match and company, inc.), and “Everything happens for the first time” (match and company, inc.).

Masafumi Sanai

Photographer. New Cosmos of Photography 1995 (the 12th competition) Excellence Award winner.
Always a leader of his generation of photographers, he has published many photo books.
He received the 28th Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his 2002 photo book “MAP.”
In 2008, he started his own photo book imprint TAISHOU. His latest publication is “Dokuso.”
Currently, he is actively photographing within Astoltia.

Noi Sawaragi

Art critic. His first collection of criticisms published in 1991, “Simulationism,” shed light on the cultural movements of the 1990s and generated considerable controversy. His important work “Japan/Modernity/Art” characterized postwar Japan as “a bad place,” and redefined Japan’s art history and art criticism from the bottom up. He also wrote “World Wars and World Fairs,” a critical reassessment of the 1970 Osaka World Fair, and numerous other works. In recent years, he has been involved in a reevaluation of Taro Okamoto and a reconsideration of war record paintings. Currently, he is a professor at Tama Art University, General Education, Faculty of Art and Design.

Minoru Shimizu

Photo critic. Since 1995, Shimizu’s work as a critic has involved mainly contemporary art and photography, and contemporary music.
In 1995, he received the 1st Koen Shigemori Award for Photography Criticism for “The Photographic Invisible: James Welling.”
His books are “Photos and Every Day” (2006), “Everyday Ordinary Photos” (2009), “Pluramon” (2011, all published by Gendaishichoshinsha Co., Ltd.).
At present, he is a professor Faculty of Global and Regional Studies at Doshisha University .

HIROMIX

Photographer. After graduating from high school, she entered “SEVENTEEN GIRL DAYS” at the New Cosmos of Photography 1995 exhibition and received the Grand Prize award.
Her photo book “GIRLS BLUE"” (1996) sold exceptionally well, and made shooting self-portraits fashionable. She was a leader of the girly photo boom, and subsequently played an important part in the concept of photo expression.
She received the 26th Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for her 2001 photo book “HIROMIX WORKS.”
In 2009, she held an exhibition titled “Early Spring, Brighten of Your Mind,” and a short film titled “How Splendid You Are,” along with various other works.

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