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Profiles of judges

New Cosmos of Photography 2016 (the 39th competition)

Last year marks the 25th anniversary of the 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 both inside and outside Japan.
From now, it will showcase the next generation of photographers.


Anna Dannemann (Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery, London)

She is Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has curated numerous group shows including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the international touring exhibition Work, Rest and Play – 50 Years of British Photography (2015) and FreshFaced+WildEyed (2013-2015), and is currently developing an exhibition on the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. She has also curated and organized several solo shows among them, Charlotte Dumas’ Anima & The Widest Prairies (2015), Viviane Sassen's Analemma (2014), and exhibitions of the photographic work of acclaimed writer and cult figure William Burroughs and filmmaker David Lynch. She regularly contributes to catalogues and other publications and received an MA in Art and Visual History at the Humboldt-University Berlin. She lives and works in London, UK.

Erin O’Toole (Curator, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

She is associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). She is currently organizing a retrospective of the work of Los Angeles based photographer, Anthony Hernandez, which will open at SFMOMA on September 24, 2016. Most recently she collaborated with Leo Rubinfien and Sarah Greenough on the retrospective exhibition Garry Winogrand (2013), which traveled to the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid. She is a contributing author of The Photographic Object, 1970 (2016, UC Press), Janet Delaney: South of Market (2013, MACK Books), Garry Winogrand (2013, SFMOMA), Doug Rickard: A New American Picture (2012, Walter Koenig Books, Cologne), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward (2010, SFMOMA), Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840 to 1900 (2009, SFMOMA), and Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images (2008, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego). She holds a PhD in the history of Art from the University of Arizona (2010). Her dissertation explores the founding of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in 1939, and the transformation of photography into a museum subject.

Osamu James Nakagawa (Photographer)

He was born in New York City. He was raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 15. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1993. Currently, Nakagawa is the Ruth N. Halls Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana.
Nakagawa is the recipient of the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. He was named the 2010 Higashikawa Photo-festival A New Photographer of the Year and the 2014 Sagamihara Photographer of the Year Award in Japan. Nakagawa's work is shown internationally. Nakagawa’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; George Eastman Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa; The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and others.

Tomoko Sawada (Artist)

She was born in Kobe City in 1977. She completed her studies as a photography class research student at Seian University of Art and Design. Since her student days, she has developed works on the theme of the relationships between one’s inner life and outward appearance through self-portrait techniques. Her debut work, ID400, was recognized with a Special Award at the 2000 New Cosmos of Photography. Among the awards she has received are the 2004 Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award and The Twentieth Annual ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographers from the New York International Center of Photography. Her work has been exhibited around the world. Publications include illustrated books, as well as collections of photographs. She plans to exhibit in the UK, Israel, Shanghai, and elsewhere in 2016, as well as publish a new collection of photographs, which follows on from one published last year. She is a visiting professor at Seian University of Art and Design and a part-time lecturer at Kwansei Gakuin University.

Hiraki Sawa (Artist)

He was born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1977. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Art at University College, London in 2003. His 2002 work “Dwelling” earned an East International Award in the Young Artist Category. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including Biennale de Lyon (2003 and 2013), Yokohama Trienniale (2005), the Asia Pacific Triennial (2009), and the Biennale of Sydney (2010). His solo exhibits include: “Lineament,” in 2012 at the Shiseido Gallery, and “Whirl,” in 2012 at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery. He also had his first large-scale Japanese solo exhibit “Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds” in 2014 at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Currently, he is participating in the group exhibition Roppongi Crossing 2016: “My Body, Your Voice” (through July 10, 2016 at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo). The videos and video installations he has produced express a creative space and fascinate the viewer. He currently resides in London.

Toshio Shibata (photographer)

Born in Tokyo in 1949, he completed a master’s degree in oil painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music, and then entered the photography department at the Royal Academy in Ghent, Belgium, where he began to engage in photography in earnest. Shibata received the 17th Ihei Kimura Prize in 1992 for his exhibition Nihon Tenkei [Japanese Patterns], featuring photographs of dams, concrete retaining walls, and other structures around Japan taken with a large-format camera and presented on meticulous monochrome prints. In the same year, he was selected to exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography 8 exhibition, and in 1997 he held Toshio Shibata, a solo exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which launched his career in the United States and on the international stage. He began incorporating color into his works in the 2000s, further expanding the range of his creative expressions. Shibata held the Landscape—Toshio Shibata exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2008, and in the following year he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan and the Domestic Photographer Award at the 25th Higashikawa International Photo Festival. Recent major exhibitions include Given Forms: Toeko Tatsuno and Toshio Shibata (2012 at the National Art Center, Tokyo) and Toshio Shibata: Constructed Landscape (2013 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts). His works have been collected by many art museums around the world, including the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.

Minoru Shimizu (Photo critic)

He has been active in criticism, centered on contemporary art, photography, and modern music, since 1995. He received the first Shigemorikoen Photo Criticism Award for his 1995 publication The Photographic Invisible: James Welling (Wako Works of Art, 1995). Some of his major books include Shashin to Hibi [Days with Photographs] (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2006), Hibi Kore Shashin [Daily Photographs] (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2009), and Pluramon (Gendai Shichoshinsha, 2011). Currently, he is a professor in the Faculty of Global and Regional Studies at Doshisha University.