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THEME #07

CITY

Winners

2019DEC

GRAND PRIX

Statement

Humancity in the nature

I believe that cities are magnified projections of human beings.
This magnification can be thought of as a distortion that creates fat people.
For this reason, I decided to try reducing the scale of my work from the magnified cities down to the human beings themselves.
This is why I have gone with photographs that capture "indifferent human beings amidst nature."
For instance, wearing mountain wear and carrying a multipurpose backpack is a characteristically urban sighting.
That is why I had decided to zoom in on the "indifferent human beings amidst nature" in my urban photos.

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Yuu Matsui

Born in 1985
Won the "New Cosmos of Photography" Excellence Award in 2016
Won the Athen Photo Festival Special Award in 2018
Selected as a Tokyo Frontline Finalist in 2018
I started taking photos and making videos after becoming a recipient of the 2016 award.

Jury selection

How did the artist interpret the subject of "landscape" and how did he capture it? I was excited to learn more about it. It made me realize that a work that simply captures the urban or natural surroundings without any people cannot be seriously thought of as "landscape."
I thought that this was one of the best works to exemplify that idea.
It carries the urban landscape as if it were a backpack and enters into natural surroundings.
I felt that it has a superb concept of inverting the conventional assumptions of landscape and exposing the contradictions of human beings.
Aesthetically, the photographs were also beautiful. I hope that this series can be developed further moving forward.

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THEME #07 CITY

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