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THEME #10

MUSIC

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2020MAR

GRAND PRIX

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THEME SUMMARY

cp-0925, from a series Fictum, 2015 © Takashi Suzuki

Music is invisible to our eyes, but is it possible to visualize music through photos? The question of how to render the invisible visible is one of the preoccupations of photography. Music, which is an indispensable part of everyday life, is also an "invisible entity." Rhythm, melody, lyrics, groove, and other vibrant elements that constitute music evoke a variety of visuals and have continued to stimulate our sensibilities. The inter-relations between the abstract nature of music and photography have been explored in places such as the album covers of CDs and recordings. In the modern era, what kinds of photographs can we take to "capture music"? Perhaps cameras are not even necessary to capture the essence of music. Please explore the possibilities of different forms of expressions that are intimately related, such as audio and video as well as those associated with the auditory and visual.

[Submission Period] from March 11 to May 11

JUDGE

若林恵 Kei Wakabayashi
(Content Director of blkswn publishers)

Born in 1971, Kei Wakabayashi spent his childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the Department of French Literature at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha and was assigned to the editorial board of the magazine “Taiyo.” In 2000, he became a freelance editor and edited numerous publications from magazines, books, to exhibition catalogs. He was also an active music journalist. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Wired Japan in 2012 and left the publication in 2017. In 2018, he founded blkswn publishers. He was the author of “Sayonara Mirai (Goodbye Future)” and the editor of “Jisedai Ginko wa Sekai wo Kou Kaeru (How Next-Generation Banks will Change the World)” and “Jisedai Gabamento: Chiisakute Okii Seifu no Tsukurikata (Next-Generation Government: How to Create a Government that is Both Large and Small).”


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Grand Prix

100,000 JPY Cash Prize

 

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