• Published on : 12/09/2022
  • by : N.P. / A.B. / O.F.

The eye of the photographer

KYOTOGRAPHY is the Kyoto International Photography Festival, now recognized as one of the world's leading photographic events. Every year in the spring, it hosts the works of international artists uniquely staged in traditional and contemporary settings of Kyoto. Beyond the art exhibited, KYOTOGRAPHY promotes opportunities and connections between all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. 

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"BORDERS", edition 2023

For its eleventh edition, KYOTOGRAPHIE has chosen to highlight the theme "BORDERS". Encompassing the multiplicity in the broad sense that this theme allows, the exhibition goes in search of all these borders whether they are physical, temporary, ephemeral or transparent.

Indissociable to our existence, they shape and frame our personal experience, but also our relationships with others. Thus, through numerous photographs produced by artists from all over the world, we are led to think about the place we give to these invisible borders: they protect us and our territory, but they also divide us, discriminate us and differentiate us from one another.

With the 2023 season, the founders of Kyotographie play on the ambiguity of plural worlds. Each artist presents us with his own interpretation of borders: between parallel worlds, generation gaps, fundamental differences in human rights and many others! 

An exhibition to discover from April 14 to May 25, 2023 in the whole city of Kyoto!


©Diana Markosian

©Gak Yamada

©Mabel Poblet


"ONE", 2022 edition

The latest edition, 2022, is symbolic in the history of KYOTOGRAPHIE as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the festival. Created around the theme "ONE", this edition has a double interpretation. "ONE", evokes the uniqueness of each person, the individuality and characteristics that constitute their singularity.

The 2022 edition also wanted to highlight the expression "One is Ten". Beyond the wordplay that matches the tenth anniversary, "One is Ten" denotes the collective aspect that is created when individualities come together and add up to form one. "One" would represent uniqueness while "Ten" would be a marker of the collective in which each person would form a whole.

More than ever, this double interpretation makes sense with the recent world conflicts. With this edition, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, the founders, wished to show that no singularity, no life deserved to be sacrificed "in the name of a totalitarian cause that falsely claims to be representative of the whole."

A few photos here, highlight the uniqueness of each person in a collective dimension.

2 femmes reliées par un branche, symbolisent l'unité

©Maïmouna Guerresi,

2 personnes ne formant qu'un dans un mouvement similaire

©Prince Gyasi, Responsabilité II.

"ECHO", 2021 edition

9th edition of the festival, "ECHO" represents the influence of the past on the present. 2021 marked the second year in the face of Covid-19 and its consequences on societies around the world, but also the tenth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. These two events raise questions about the role played by humanity on its environment over the last few years.

Through the proposed exhibitions, the idea is to push the reflection on the role of Man in the repetition of disasters and to raise awareness on things to change. Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi insist here:  "The history of the past, which until now has not listened to the cry of the earth, echoes (response) to the present."

The intention then is to make people think through photographs that show the impact of the past on the present. 


Discover "ECHO", the differences between the past and the present, and the influence one has on the other!

2 oiseaux de couleur bleu

©David Shrigley,

Jeune garçon portant une visière pour se protéger du covid

©Erwin Olaf,

Limace sur le cou d'une femme

© Yingfei-Liang,

"VISION", 2020 edition

"Vision" is an edition set in a particular context: the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic.

How did the idea of the "vision" theme emerged? Because of the particular situation, the organizers wanted to show that changing our vision of things and of our environment was necessary before we could change our world. The idea was to present, through photography, different visions, and perspectives that could be offered to us in the long term.

This eighth edition of KYOTOGRAPHIE is one of the first to bring such depth to its conception and its relationship to the world. To be optimistic about the awakening of consciousness by highlighting a realistic vision of the world: this is the KYOTOGRAPHIE 2020 festival.

To support this relationship to the world that must be changed, Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi compare our narrow vision of the world to myopia: seeing close up (short term) with great difficulty in seeing far away (the future).

Femme assise sur une chaise d'ophtalmologue

©Mari Katayama,

Garçon aveugle touchant une statue façonnée par Rodin

©Marie Liesse,

femme assise sur plage avec prothèses formant des tentacules

©Mari Katayama,

"VIBE", 2019 edition

The seventh edition of KYOTOGRAPHY, focused on the word "VIBE" took place from April 13 to May 12, 2019. These vibes, which can be both positive or negative, invade us at all moments of our daily lives and have an impact on our experiences. It is therefore around this theme that the 2019 exhibitions have been thought of. Understanding through art, how the "vibe" around a moment can influence its perception, its memory, but also the emotions felt is a unique and atypical experience. 

The artworks have been spread all over the city, in historical places like Nijo castle or Ryosokuin Buddhist temple, as well as in modern buildings like Horikawa Oike gallery or y gion reception hall.

The art pieces of Weronika Gęsicka, Albert Watson, Ismaïl Bahri, to name only a few, were exhibited with a goal specific to this seventh edition: to make the invisible visible by trying to represent the different declensions of the "vibe".

Couple sur leurs vélos, roue et bras déformés

©Weronika Gęsicka,

Ryuichi Sakamoto en noir et blanc

Ryuichi Sakamoto, par Albert Watson

©Albert Watson,

"UP", édition 2018

La sixième édition du festival franco-japonais KYOTOGRAPHIE, avait  “UP” pour thème. A travers ce mot anglais qui signifie “en haut”,  l’idée est de prendre de la hauteur, d’aborder les choses avec une perspective différente, autant dans ses pensées que dans ses actions. Sport, manifestations, lutte contre le réchauffement climatique ou tout simplement perception de soi… à chaque fois, la prise de hauteur permet de révolutionner les choses. 

Avec cette idée de changer personnellement et de changer le monde, “UP” a été avant-gardiste pour la préparation de l’édition de 2020, les deux thématiques rejoignant une ligne directrice commune : aborder la vie différemment. 

Grace Jones faisant du sport

©Jean-Paul Goude,

Femme sur un onigiri géant

©Izumi Miyazaki,

Les "Black Panther" en marche

©Stephen Shames,

"LOVE", édition 2017

La 5e édition de KYOTOGRAPHIE a célébré l'amour à travers la photographie. Avec "LOVE", les artistes et visiteurs étaient invités à penser la photographie comme une histoire d'amour avec la vie, car l'amour connecte aux autres, à la nature, mais également à tout ce qui peut nous entourer. Bien que propre à chacun, la vision de l'amour peut être étendue et redécouverte grâce à l’art : c’était l’objectif de cette édition.

À l’honneur, 16 expositions centrées sur le partage de visions différentes de l'amour et de la diversité , à travers le regard intime de chaque photographe. Pour créer un réel moment de connexion, le festival a proposé des MasterClass de deux photographes de renommée mondiale : Zalene Muholi et Isabel Muñoz. Ces moments de partage avec les artistes ont pu permettre à chacun d’étendre sa vision sur l’amour. 

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