19 years old
I'm currently supporting myself working part time at a gas station while I enjoy taking photographs. The subject in this photo is a 19-year-old junior coworker. With his shaved head, pierced nose, and graffiti-like tattoos, he's at an age I can never return to. I took his picture with both a sense of envy and the desire to develop a closer friendship.
Born in 1992, in Kyoto. Majored in Japanese painting in the Master of Fine Arts program, Nara University of Education. Simultaneously specialized in photography at Vantan Design Institute Osaka campus. Currently engaged in freelance photography with a focus on still photography for films, TV, and various media outlets. I aim to capture the appeal of my subjects in photographs that naturally find their way into viewers' hearts.
Just five pictures is enough to show the the subject, the background and environment, as well as eloquently state the way the photographer views the subject, and how they want to express the subject to the world. I can say that, as a portrait, this is an exquisite piece, and a work of art that amplifies the strength of the resonance of sensitivity and understanding, and that once viewed will not be easily forgotten.
Since the beginning of photography, portraits have been one of the most important genres in photography. The word, portrait, often alludes to human portraits. However, in the recent years, that may not be the case anymore. Maybe, they don’t need to be human figures. In this competition, we want to reevaluate what portraits can be. Free yourself from the conventional ideas of portraiture and explore this genre as it feels right for you. And of course, it may still be the standard human portraits as well!
[Submission Period] from September 1 to October 31
（Art Director, Graphic Designer, Nerhol）
Yoshihisa Tanaka graduated from Musashino Art University with a major in Scenography, Display and Fashion Design, and became an independent artist in 2008. In addition to art museums, he has also worked on exhibition V.I. plans for commercial galleries as well as the binding and design of artist collections. Artists whose collections he has been responsible for include Viviane Sassen, Daren Almond, Scheltens&Abbenes, Honma Takashi, Hanayo, Rinko Kawauchi, Terri Weifenbach, Nao Tsuda, Naoki Ishikawa, SANNESANNES, herman de vries, Taisuke Koyama, Shigekazu Onuma, Yoshinori Niwa, Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi, Norimichi Hirakawa, among others. His major honors include being a recipient of the 2013 JAGDA Award, the JAGDA New Designer Award, the BACON PRIZE 2013, the 2012 PromaxBDA DESIGN GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS / SILVER (United States), and the 2010 red dot award (Germany). He is also active in the artist unit “Nerhol” alongside the sculptor Ryuta Iida.