Kimura Ihei Award

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The Kimura Ihei Award (木村伊兵衛写真賞, Kimura Ihei Shashin-shō) is a Japanese photographic award that attracts the attention[peacock term] of the mass media and book-buyers.

The award has been given every year since 1975 (except 1983) by the Asahi Shimbun Company, publisher of Asahi Shimbun and the magazine Asahi Camera, in honor of the photographer Ihei Kimura. It is given to one or more new photographers whose work has been exhibited or published during the previous year and is announced in Asahi Camera: its original name, soon shortened, was Asahi Kamera Kimura Ihei Shashin-shō (アサヒカメラ木村伊兵衛写真賞).

The award is usually given to a single photographer. In 2000, the unprecedented awarding of three prizes, each to a female photographer, caused a stir.

Its major rival for attention in the mass media is the Domon Ken Award, given annually to a single photographer, usually one with a longer career than those who win the Kimura Award.

Winners[edit]

year photographer
1975 Kazuo Kitai
1976 Kōshichi Taira
1977 Shin'ya Fujiwara
1978 Miyako Ishiuchi
1979 Mitsuaki Iwagō
Seiji Kurata
1980 Tsuneo Enari
1981 Kanendo Watanabe
1982 Keizō Kitajima
1983 (no award)
1984 Keiichi Tahara
1985 Kazuyoshi Miyoshi
1986 Hisashi Wada
1987 Ikuo Nakamura
1988 Ryūji Miyamoto
1989 Hana Takeda
Michio Hoshino
1990 Michiko Kon
1991 Toshio Shibata
1992 Mitsugu Ōnishi
Norio Kobayashi
1993 Yasuhisa Toyohara
1994 Mitsuhiko Imamori
1995 Masato Seto
1996 Naoya Hatakeyama
1997 Kyōichi Tsuzuki
1998 Takashi Homma
1999 Risaku Suzuki
2000 Yurie Nagashima
Hiromix
Mika Ninagawa
2001 Taiji Matsue
Rinko Kawauchi (for the books Utatane and Hanabi)
2002 Yuki Onodera
Masafumi Sanai
2003 Tomoko Sawada
2004 Masataka Nakano (for the book Tokyo Windows)
2005 Ryūdai Takano (for the book How to Contact a Man)
2006 Naoki Honjō (for the book Small Planet)
Kayo Ume (for the book Ume-me)
2007 Atsushi Okada (for the book I am)
Lieko Shiga (for the books Lilly and Canary)
2008 Masashi Asada (for the book Asadake)
2009 Cozue Takagi (for the books Mid and Ground)
2010 Eiko Shimozono (for the book Kizuna)[1]
2011 Masaru Tatsuki (for the book Tohoku)[2]
2012 Arata Dodo (for the book Taigan)
Tomoko Kikuchi (for the exhibition I and I)[3]
2013 Eiki Mori (for the book intimacy)
2014 Ryūichi Ishikawa (for the books Zekkei no Polyphony and okinawan portraits 2010-2012)
Kotori Kawashima (for the book Myōjō)
2015 Takashi Arai (for the book Monuments)[4]
2016 Mikiko Hara (for the book Change)[5]
2017 Hiroko Komatsu (for the exhibition Jinkakuteki jiritsu shori and others)[6]
Aya Fujioka (for the book Kawa wa yuku and others)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Page about this award, Asahi Shinbunsha. Accessed 25 February 2012.
  2. ^ Page about this award, Asahi Shinbunsha. Accessed 25 February 2012.
  3. ^ 菊地智子さんと百々新さんに木村伊兵衛賞, Sankei Shinbun, 14 February 2013. Accessed 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "TAKASHI ARAI RECEIVES 41ST KIMURA IHEI PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD" (PDF). Suttonpr.com. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  5. ^ "Mikiko Hara wins 42nd Ihei Kimura Award for CHANGE (2016)". thegouldcollection.com. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  6. ^ 木村伊兵衛写真賞に小松さんと藤岡さん (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • (in Japanese) Kimura Ihei Shashinshō no nijūnen (木村伊兵衛写真賞の20年, "20 years of the Kimura Ihei Award". Mōru, 1995. ISBN 4-938628-17-1. With sample photographs from each of the award-winners (more from each of them than appear in the later, thirty-year compilation).
  • (in Japanese) Kimura Ihei Shashinshō no kiseki: 1975–1999 (木村伊兵衛写真賞の奇跡:1975–1999, "Remains of the Kimura Ihei Award: 1975–1999"). An exhibition catalogue.
  • (in Japanese) Sanjūroku fotogurafāzu: Kimura Ihei Shashinshō no sanjūnen (36フォトグラファーズ:木村伊兵衛写真賞の30年, "36 photographers: 30 years of the Kimura Ihei Award"). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbun, 2005. ISBN 4-02-272303-3. With sample photographs from each of the award-winners.

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