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CONGRATULATIONS!

Dear CHIEKO TANEMURA,

It is my great pleasure to inform you that your work has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2018 International Photography Awards – Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– 2018 Note –

 

 

Emmi with Wild Flowers, 2018, Ohio

 

In addition to nuclear families, the communications evolution through smart phones and e-mails, the decline in the marriage rate, an aging society with a low birthrate, a consumer culture led by the media that sets fashions and new products one after another, the Japanese are coming and going at a rate of knots.
The Japan where I was born and raised used to value simplicity, handling everything carefully and slowly, respecting the harmony of the people and keeping an eye on the children in a community. In the good old days, regardless of there being silver seats, the young, both men and women gave up their seats to the elderly on the bus and in the train. There were no shameless men in their prime sitting with their legs apart so as to avoid others sitting down next to them. Also, when I was waiting with the door held open at the department store for the person behind, the shoppers, without distinction of age and gender, ignored me and entered one by one. What a shame ! It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I have never seen this level of rudeness with people in America.

During my time there, I was very interested in the Amish way of life, family values and work ethic, their solid belief and traditions, and cooperation in the community without the influence of the English world or modern technologies. Many people might be familiar with scenes from the movie WITNESS starring Harrison Ford.
Since I lived away from the states of IL, PA and OH, I couldn’t visit these communities very often, but tried to go there by air and rental car since 2011.

Two years have passed since I moved to Ohio from California in order to get to meet the ten children, after getting to know the Harris family who were registered as Amish on the internet. As a matter of fact, they are not Amish and do not belong to any denomination, and through this encounter with the family I have discovered some unexpected sects within Christianity, such as Amish, Bruderhof, Hutterite, Mennonite and German Baptist, consisting of immigrants from the Netherlands and Germany, who have explored their own doctrines and tradition. I truly appreciate Michael and Wanda, this immediate and extended families giving me the opportunity to make the first step toward extending the horizon of my projects. The noteworthy factor is that the three lovely 16-,15- and 9- year- old-boys, built like upright green spring bamboos, work hard all day long to feed chickens and cattle, milking, mowing, making hays and so forth, and carry out more tasks than the owner of the house has assigned them. They truly enjoy working and want to be farmers. I have never seen such hard-working young boys, who don’t skimp on their work and take the shortest of breaks. I hope the family will be able to have their own property and house, and the boys can work toward their futures.
Additionally, I would like to show my gratitude for being able to observe and document the children. I will cherish the countless memories of moments we shared, such as the beauty of the vast seasonal wheat, cone and soy bean fields, birds watching, wild flower picking, lightning bugs balls and making a one-night-lantern, coloring love letters, making a lovely flower wreath on Mothers Day and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

Amish Siblings at Church, 2017, Ohio

 

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to live in an Amish community this year. Indeed, life is a drama without a scenario. The old order Amish are not allowed to be photographed due to religious reasons. So, it is extremely difficult for me to take pictures of everyday photographs, even of children. Braveness and instant subtle eye contact are required.
However, I caught a one-in-a-million chance to watch the raising of a barn together with the community. As I have wanted to observe these symbolic traditional events, such as raising a house and sewing a quilt, I am grateful for my good fortune. Moreover, they did allow me to photograph the people preparing the meals for a wedding reception.
Furthermore, I became acquainted with a young Amish woman, and she convinced the people to let me join them in sewing a quilt at church. It was such a muggy day in September, and of course there was no air conditioning. The Amish women finished the knotting quickly and completed several pretty comforters in the morning. Then, we enjoyed a potluck lunch together. On the way home, I enjoyed a lovely buggy ride –  the wind blowing from the soy bean fields  which appeared like a field of yellow wild flowers. For me, photography means looking inwardly at myself in order to reach my goal of living a sincere and honest life. There is no precise answer, and yet it was a beautiful afternoon in which I felt a sense of fulfillment of my journey, regardless of the outcome.

On the other hand, I could fully understand why the summer vacation for Amish schools starts from May, unlike the English schedule. Summer is the busiest season for the Amish due to sowing seeds, vegetable and fruits crops such as cucumbers, zucchinis, eggplants, beans, tomatoes, onions, corn, strawberries, blueberries, watermelons, peaches, wheat and oats, and making the hay shacks. Amish boys often wear straw hats with a ragged and broken visor. Certainly most of us will rubbish them. Yet, the boys are quite well-off, they are the reverse of poor. The Amish has a great tradition of kinship with big families: to love the children and respect the old. They have their own land and houses. They are a self-sufficient society, without power, tap water and garbage collections, but they keep going despite what happens, even during times such as an economic crisis or war. The inhabitants of rental or mortgaged houses are probably mobile, and there are no guarantees that they will be secure forever. To me, the Amish community seems to be more affluent than the English.

 

 

 

 

Talia Picking Mulberries, 2018, Minnesota

 

Now I have two wonderful Hutterite families in MN. It takes about 13 hours to get there from Ohio in my car. My spouse and I visited them again this summer. We had a beautiful time with them, and they were so good and gentle with us. They have big hearts. The first couple is Leonard and Dora, whose children have already gone out into the world. Leonard has just retired from his responsible post and takes the leadership role for the next generation.
One Wednesday evening on a family day, we suggested to them that we dine out somewhere, and had supper at a cafe in the supermarket of a small town. Surprisingly, it cost less than 30 dollars for the four of us, so it was just our tiny way of showing gratitude to them for their warm hospitality. Nevertheless, they thanked us excessively and enjoyed a tasty meal. It shows their good personalities as devout Christians. They have lived in the community since its establishment, and were experienced in the way of the world. They don’t want unnecessary things and they handle things with care so that they last a long time, unlike consumers who waste things without thought. They practice the most important principles of Christianity in their daily life. They know what it means to be a good human and keep a pure mind.

 

The second friend is a good-natured young girl who teaches at Hutterite school. We became good friends through art talk. This beautiful daughter of honest parents reminds me of the good old days in Japan because of her modest and graceful manner, as well as her liquid blue eyes. Also, her parents Mike and Elma Decker, her uncle, and the lovely guys Daniel and Isaiah were full of good intentions. We felt really good to be held in the bosom of their warm hearts.
The first colony established enormous economic power through vast wind farms and multiple businesses. I had the impression of a kingdom created by the grandeur plan of German’s scrupulous wisdom and perfectionism for the devout christian to seek for freedom of faith. The second one, I would describe as a utopia in the bosom of nature created by devout christians to seek for freedom of faith. A moderate economic basis keeps an exquisite balance between a comfortable homely environment and a simple life. We joined the little children in picking chamomile and mulberries. Ripened sweet mulberries that I have never tasted were so appealing to me. Similarly, the children who are far from the chaotic world looked like innocent pretty angels. Surrounded by the blessings of nature, apple trees, the bees’ favorite red, white and yellow clovers and the wild flowers, we enjoyed the summer fields to their full potential. It was a really impressive and beautiful afternoon, like in pastoral Europe.

 

 

 

Beth’s English Garden, 2018, Pennsylvania

 

The third couple Harry and Beth made the right choices between their traditions and civilization, such as listening to classics, folk songs and contemporary music with historical and social lyrics. Watching TV news and reading the local newspaper to avoid, as the saying goes, the frog in the well does not know the ocean.  In the old days, the Hutterite lifestyle and norms including German language sermons and overbearing rules were much strict.  The intelligent couple, a businessman and ex-nurse, well-informed on how education is important for their children to broaden the horizons and nurture their faculty for thought. Their motto was not to focus merely on religious color, but to keep well-balanced common sense worthy of a Christian, and for personal growth.

I experienced wild blueberry hand-picked from big bushes for the first time in my life, and felt the great nature of America. Indeed it was a treasure island filled with abundant blueberries and we all were playful curious explorers. She and her daughter Betsy baked delicious blueberry pancakes for breakfast the following morning, and taught me how their treasured recipe made them soft and tasty. Frozen berries and fresh wild berries are totally different and good enough for me to become addicted to them.
I tasted the real pleasure of country life, surrounded by the singing creeks and forest which are home to the summer houses for weekend visitors from Philadelphia. Also, let’s give to thanks to the heavy rain which brought the blessing of nature.

 

Ripen Blueberries, 2018, Pennsylvania

 

Blueberries, 2018, Pennsylvania

 

I mentioned before in a Japanese photo essay book to show nice American people and the people’s tender gift of wit. This time they also gave me warm gifts. I received knitted room socks for winter from the elder Dora, hand made kitchen mittens and mats from younger Dora’s mother, and from Beth, a lot of fresh blueberries where she had taken time to remove tiny parts of the leaves, and Harry’s tasty special coffee to drink on the way home. Their kindness touched me tenderly and significantly.

 

Surprisingly, the people whom I am attracted to are unrelated to religion and sect. They never preach, talk or sing too much about it though. Their earnest and flexible attitudes show that they are devout Christians. This issue is common to that of the singer cannot fascinate the audience if he has too high an opinion of his voice.
The common ground among these three gentlemen, Leonard, Mike and Harry is that they are hardworking and have a strong sense of responsibility. And each is a man of his word, man among men. Similarly, the wives have a warm affection for their children, do chores efficiently, keep their house tidy and comfortable and cook meals at regular times.
We find something common with someone, and it might be that we are fascinated with his or her personal values, ethics, a certain knowledge, that they are moderate, not greedy and know how to enjoy life – beyond race and religion.

 

 

 

Kittens at Amish Barn, 2018, Ohio

 

One day, a woman who did not belong to any sects told me that she was proud to be a Christian and insisted that public and private schools were meaningless, and that she did not trust any teachers. As a result, she home schools her seven children. I have no intention to criticize her life at all because it’s her choice. But I would like to object to her opinion. I know all teachers are not always good, but educational experts who have studied their professional fields are able to educate better than a prejudiced housewife.
Moreover, children come to know how each student has a different background, and it helps them to better understand others. Furthermore, she believes people who believe in the bible. I think whether a person is good or bad should not be judged by Christianity. It depends on human nature, common sense and ethics, not whether someone is Christian or not. The children will naturally learn the notion of punctuality, discipline, cooperation, patience, and good habits of keeping hands clean and sanitation.
One day I couldn’t find the words when a young girl asked me why I was fed up with dozens of flies in the bathroom and kitchen. Generally, it’s common knowledge that flies carry bacteria. Such ignorance and lacking in common sense in a narrow secluded world is dangerous. However, I would like to make it clear that I have no intention to criticize home education. Rather, I admire the parents who practice it. I do understand how much perseverance and unconditional love are required to achieve the goal. The parents should be educated and above all they should enjoy themselves teaching. Needless to say emotional composure, rather than changes in mood, is indispensable.

 

A good example is the daughter-in-law of the late Tasha Tudor, who found her daughter didn’t enjoy school life. As a result, she decided to create a special curriculum for her beloved daughter who loves nature and animals. She should come to her own conclusion and be decisive, to see the long-term future of the daughter she loves so much.
Nobody finds this easy to do. I would like to respect such parents.

 

Unfortunately, there are some pseudo Christians, who shamelessly blaspheme using the sacred name of Jesus for evil purposes. I know that’s the way of the world, nothing is perfect. But the people who are not Christians learn rules as a human: moderation, a norm, morals, public morals, virtue, social skills and manners at home and school, and acquire them naturally. So, religion should be a signpost toward becoming a good human. Everyone has to make an effort throughout their life to be a good man. However, I was astonished at the truth that what people had learned from the bible since their childhood had been of little practical use to them. On that point, the children in the colony receive high quality education including both teachings from the bible and liberal arts, where they seem to acquire the virtue of a Christian’s duty, and nurture good humanity.

 

My Amish and Hutterite projects are in progress. And what a coincidence to have a friend whose departed father, the late Mr. Kleinsasser, was a Hutterite priest in Manitoba.
He had strength, would not to be disheartened by any difficulties and endured a critical burn without complaining, and didn’t complain when the doctor diagnosed the amputation of both of his hands. However, his indomitable spirit overcame this, beyond the power of an ordinary person. Moreover, he challenged himself through being in constant rehab, his hands undaunted by their impracticable human limits. Then he was saved by a miracle. As a great priest, and as a human, he liked to say to the people “Where there’s a will there’s a way” as long as you never give up. He is a good example, both as a priest and as a human, that we can pray to God to help us when are in danger. Contrary to those people who invent a questionable religion for their own wicked ambition, he is full of the spirit of service and devotes himself to the people. Here is, quite literally, true Christianity in daily life. I would like to visit Manitoba someday.

 

Personally, I lost my beloved friend and have felt a deep sense of loss. In addition, I was confronted by some difficult family events this spring. Although now I have realized that if I live honestly and keep doing my best, without escaping from myself all the time, a glimmer of hope still shines. My life should probably involve looking into my inner self.
Finally, my first project to explore the Amish community had a lot of nice twists and turns, but gets back to its purpose while a new world opens up before me.
I will follow a leaf boat on the creek under the sunlight and through the trees, as though I were a child with excited curiosity. Yes, I appreciate being alive by the good intentions of many, beyond my insignificant ability, and I keep going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Ellen L Ball  – Memoirs –

 

My respectful eternal lady, mother & sister in America and best friend Ellen passed away.
It’s still hard for me to accept the reality, and I have flashbacks to our happy days as though they were yesterday.
As I still cannot come to terms with my father’s death, it is too painful for me to say good-bye to those I love, one after another.

How much we shared together !
Photo shootings, chats, gallery walks, cafes, book stores, beaches…
I also often spent joyous afternoons at her house while enjoying her husband’s home made lunch and wine.

I have many things to learn from her, such as the black and white attire she wore to view art works at gallery receptions.
As I write my Japanese photo essay in Nice America, Her portraits photographed by Richard Advedon casually hanging on the wall,
but it’s been a year since I met her and discovered her glorious past.
She was always a humble and charming lady.

Her husband, painter Ian made these cards

She only loved silver, and was never interested in expensive jewelrery nor brand outfits.
Chieko, look ! I bought this at K-Mart; she was far from being a snob or someone who kept up with the Joneses.
She knew what it meant to be the heroine and play the supporting role in life, as she had learned as once an actress.
Nevertheless, her graceful behavior and manner, subtle scent of fragrance and minimalist approach to good fashion sense,
gave her such a presence.

Like a gorgeous peony flower with the common touch; it’s Ellen.

Unfortunately, leaving Miami, I didn’t have the chance to see her again for a long time,
despite her regular invitations to go to her most favorite place in New York together.

And I would like to take B&W pictures of the photogenic Chilean housekeeping woman at her brother in law’s residence.

Whenever she took a trip, to Europe, NY, and TX, she sent me postcards, and brought lovely notebooks back for me
on which to write my memorandum.
Here I have the hand-made photo book she gave to me, of images she photographed in New York during the holiday season.
How much she wanted to walk together in New York, to the title of『A Walk in the Central Park with Chieko

She really loved playing tennis, but had been inactive due to bad knees, something that happened after we said our goodbyes.
Once I gave her supplements that were very popular in Japan, and she said they were a miracle and very effective.
However, she could not return to the tennis court.
Indeed, she was a very active woman, taking an interest in tennis, photography, art, classical music, campaigns, dog walks
and so forth.

So, too quiet a time at home might have accelerated her Alzheimer disease.

I have decided not to focus on her death because she lives with me forever.
Chieko, listen to mom..I can still hear her humorous tone.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Chieko,
CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 11th Annual International Color Awards.

5,642 entries were received from 73 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly an achievement, well done!

The Jury represented the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including Christie’s, Paris; Grey Group, New York; The Art Channel, London; Ogilvy & Mather, Amsterdam; Publicis Conseil, Paris; Preus Museum, Norway; Art Beatus, Hong Kong; Netflix, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Phillips, New York who reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring 709 title awards and 730 nominees in 33 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with.

Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.

Basil O’Brien
Creative Director

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHIEKO TANEMURA OF UNITED STATES WAS AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION
IN THE MONOCHROME AWARDS 2017 COMPETITION

MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS
OF MONO AWARDS 2017 COMPETITION

London, UK (14 January 2018) – Photographer Chieko Tanemura of United States was Awarded Honorable Mention in People for the winning entry Regina Preparing Beef for Sunday Lunch at prestigious Monochrome Awards honouring Black & White Photography

The 2017 Monochrome Awards received 8942 submissions from 87 countries around the world. Winning images were selected by panel of international judges, including: Pia Elizondo, Michel Rajkovic, Ben Nixon, Norma I. Quintana, Martin Stavars, Allison Barnes, Katarina Balgavy, Claire A. Warden, David Johndrow and Stefano Brunesci.

 

 

 

 

 

A Happy New Year :-D 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW BOOK – So Sweet to Come Home to 〜心が還る町〜 152 pages hardcover on Blurb, Dec. 30, 2017
    This book is a revised version of 『My California』

 

The epic of beauty exists for photographing.  

California embraces me enough to fall in love, even though I left California behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOK – 道草 michi kusa :Touching Beauty in the Mundane -122 pages hardcover on Blurb, Nov. 2017

 

Listen to the contemplation of the magnificent nature around us,
the wind’s lullaby in the serenity of fall,
the whispering breeze dancing in the glistening sunlight.
See how the patina reflects the layers of the passage of time,
old diners displaying picture scrolls of happy times,
The Rembrandt ceiling light reflects a simple glass cup, prettier than Baccarat,
the elegant organic movements and compositions of old power lines depict live art,
the subtle hues of the fish at the store forming an art show,
Plants and streets on the morning walk always capture my heart.
Gentle gazes on children melt my body and spirit.
How graceful this simple and traditional way of life is !
Beauty and excitement in abundance surrounds me.
My appreciation of the mundane will never cease, like a fountain
while reflects my joy and appreciation to be alive.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BOOK- REMINISCENCES OF GOOD OLD NIPPON – 148 pages hardcover on Blurb, Oct 2017

 

I would like to thank Japanese Calligrapher Ungai Hara who has contributed to the chapter titles.
His graceful curve of dynamic movement turns into pure art form, profound beauty of black and white,
and subtle brush strokes play lyrical tunes.

I would like to offer my special thanks to the principal and teachers at Old Wooden Shirakawa Elementary School,
one of the Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. They courteously invited me to observe classes and have lunch together with
the children. If I could study at such a lovely school of only 55 students, I would happily go back to being a child again.

Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge Matsuno-Kai of the Kokomo Kabuki Preservation Society,
the Chief Priest of the Zen Temple Enkaku-ji, Mr. Motoji of Tokai Brewer
and the Tea Master Hisako whom I just met on the street in the historical old town of Imai-cho.
She acted as my guide through the town and made tea for me at her tea room. This was literally an unexpected
and happy once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

And finally, I would like to thank the many people I encountered, who surrounded me with warmth and reminded
me of the good old days in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Int’l Photography Awards

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2017 Competition!

This year, The International Photography Awards received 14269 of submissions from over 165 countries, and is pleased to declare that Chieko Tanemura was awarded Honorable Mention in People – Lifestyle for the winning entry Gleaners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Monovisions Photography Awards

 

 

 

 

 

*Wedding Album for Eli & Ian

Dear Families and Friends of Eli and Ian;

You can see the album on the web, but this is not for sale to the public;
So, please contact with the couple in order to connect the link INVITATION ONLY.
Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

*New Book MY CALIFORNIA – 162 pages hardcover on Blurb

『MY California』 is a photography anthology on California, of images taken mainly in the Bay Area through 2007 to 2017.
The collection also includes, and not exclusively, the areas of Bodie, Sierra, Death Valley and Central California.
Since I have already published portraitures and plant portraits, edited landscapes, seascapes, farms, windmill farms, street photography and vintage objects.
Indeed, with its varied landscapes, California continually fascinates photographers. I can’t help but take my camera wherever I go, to capture the magical environment, filled with light and shade, hues and textures. The epic beauty is a photographer’s dream. California envelopes me with warmth and love.

THE PHOTO REVIEW

2016 Competition Web Galleries
Below are our 2016 Competition Web Galleries, which display entries specially selected by our Editor, Stephen Perloff, and other Photo Review staff.

The 2016 competition was juried by Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. For more information about our annual competition, visit our Competition page.

View our 2016 Competition Prize Winners Gallery to see the prize winners only.

View our 2016 Competition Winners Gallery for additional photographers selected by our juror for display in our web gallery and print journal.

Many thanks to Sara Shields for her help with posting the web galleries. Stay tuned for information about our 2017 Competition.

TWO OR THREE Themed: Amish Girls with Digital Cameras, 2016, Pennsylvania
INTERVENTIONS ON THE LAND Themed: Laundry Line in the Snow, 2016, Pennsylvania


 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

HILLBILLY ELEGY

 

*I received a beautiful birthday bouquet from my friend Kazuko, and rearranged it in a small vase 10 days later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Here is a photo from My Australian friend Anna.
The book 『Nacreous Children』 is on her beautiful Japanese desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

I’m very happy to announce that new photography book released.  Now available on Blurb. NACREOUS INFANCY 真珠の輝き is portraits of the children, 10 x 8 in 150 pages hardcover.
『Photographing children is joyous observation to recall my days.  Their bright eyes, laughters, curiosity and innocence make me smile and come alive as parenting is not nurturing but learning.  NACREOUS CHILDREN are Angeles to give hope, comfort and energy to me.』

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Photo Essay on Nice America 『やさしい時間」ya-sa-shi-i-ji-ka-n

Thank you so much for your beautiful and encouraging words and for being good readers.
I’m pleased that you really enjoyed reading my book and emphasizing fully with my experiences.

Also special thanks to Mr. Kazuo Nakamura, journalist for the Yomiuri Paper, interviewed.

Two images published in the paper (omitted article due to limitation of the space and Japanese language)
Left, Halloween Night at Campbell, California,  Oct. 31, 2008.    Right, Sax’s Joint, Petaluma, California, 2014

 

 

 

*Dear Chieko,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 11th Annual Black & White
Spider Awards with: Honorable Mention in Children of the World | Little Amish Girl

 

spider-awards

 

WINNER PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11TH ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER (NAME) FROM (COUNTRY)
LOS ANGELES (Date) – (Professional or Amateur) photographer (Name) of (Country) was presented with the 11th Annual Black and White Spider Awards (Award Title) in the category of (Category) at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 5, 2016.
The live online gala was attended by over 10,500 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
11th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from National Geographic, Washington DC; The Armory Show, New York; TBWA, Paris; Victoria Film Festival, Canada; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; Studio Hansa, London; Fratelli Alinari, Florence; Australian Centre for Photography; Young & Rubicam, Lima; and Anthem Worldwide/Marque Branding, Sydney who honored Spider Fellows with 627 coveted title awards in 31 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,556 entries we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “(Name)’s “(Title of Photograph),” an exceptional image entered in the (Category) category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present (her/him) with the title of (Award Title).” Jury member Paola Anselmi, interdisciplinary curator and arts writer in Australia added, “As always it was a real treat to be part of the program. Congratulations to all involved and to all the remarkable photographers who gift us new insights into the world and ourselves.” “A truly amazing set of entries, so many deserving winners,” added Marcel Wijnen Creative Director at Anthem Worldwide.
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide

 

 

 

 

*I’m very pleased to announce that new books released this summer 2016.  Now available on Blurb. com.   LIME SODA ライムの馨り photographs of the young  people in the USA and Japan, 106 pages hardcover &  REVERIE 幻想曲 color and BW photographs of flowers and plants, 108 pages hardcover.

two-books

 

 

*My friend Eriko has just renewed my website.  Eriko, thank you so much for your great work !!!

 

*I met Anthony Tashinick at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California.  I realized how difficult to overcome Massive Mavericks.  I truly admire fearless Mavericks Surfer Anthony’s strong spirits and superior skills.  GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!

 

Anthony-2015

 

 

 

*Thank you very much everyone who took time to visit my exhibit at Gallery Kei in Japan.  Special thanks to Ms Keiko Yamaguchi of Gallery Kei, and also interviewer Reiko Kishimoto.  (My friend Anna at the shrine near the Gallery)

 

Anna-Dec-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*ALTERNATIVE LIVES SHOW

Life Framer Alternative Lives exhibition, running July 28th – August 2nd 2014 at Menier Gallery, London.

Alternative Lives is a showcase of selected work from a further group of talented artists, each an entrant to the first edition of the Life Framer award. The show is a thematic celebration of the diversity of life: beautiful photography, incredible stories. The art will be presented in a stunning gallery space, setting white walls, exposed steelwork and raw brick against striking and arresting art. The display will inter-weave distinct stories, situations and characters in an inspiring way. The show coincides with S.L.A.M – a late opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

Monday – Thursday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm // Friday 11.00 am – 8.00 pm // Saturday 11.00 am – 4.30 pm // 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

The Menier Gallery offers a dramatic and affordable space to view and exhibit works of contemporary art and design. The gallery is located at the heart of one of London’s artistic hubs. The gallery is within minutes of London Bridge Tube Station, The Shard, Borough Market, and Tate Modern. The gallery is managed by the charity Paintings in Hospitals. All money raised from the hiring of the gallery helps Paintings in Hospitals to use art and creativity to improve the wellbeing of people with illness, addiction, autism and disability in healthcare facilities throughout the UK

 

 

 

Juried Group Exhibition: Celebrations

The following images were selected by juror, Harvey Stein.

Juror’s Award – Mike Zapata’s “Amber’s Lonely Party”
Director’s Award – Lisa Botkin’s “Hooray For Hollywood”
Honorable Mention – Aleksey Nichukin’s “Flying”
Honorable Mention – Sandy Powers’ “I Love My Life”
Honorable Mention – Len Speier’s “Time Out, Roseland, NYC
Honorable Mention – Chieko Tanemura’s “Quinceanera”
Honorable Mention – Sandra Chen Weinstein’s “California Girls #1”
Visitors Choice – to be determined

Exhibition: November 15 to December 29, 2013
Reception: November 23 and December 28, 2013  4 to 7 pm

A Smith Gallery
105 N Nugent Ave
Johnson City, TX 78636

 

 

 

The Biennial Exhibition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Jan. 19th through Feb. 27th,
as well as the auction held on February 14th.

The opening reception had an attendance of around 450 people, and during the exhibition there was an average of 220 daily visitors making an approximately total of 8000 visitors.  The media coverage was very large; over 21 pages of press coverage in major newspaper, as well as radio and TV reportages were key in the attendance success.

The works, that have been donated by the artists, were auctioned at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires .  The auction was able to raise over 16000 dollars to Save Children and FLENI.  The following works were sold in this auction.

Adam Balcerek, Poland, “Calmness”
Nicholas Dantona, USA, “Bleeker Street 1”
Brigitte Carnochan, USA, “Butterflies”
Lucio Carvalho, Brazil, “Complex”
Patrizia Burra, Italy, “Behind the Red Curtain”
Jan Neimeijer, Netherlands, “The Bartender”
Kamil Vojnar, Czech Republic, “Atracted to the Light”
Kamil Vojnar, Czech Republic, “Angel Dream”
Helene Fjell, Norway, “Harmony”
Katernina Bodrunova, Russia, “Surrealism”
Alicia Moneva, Spain, “Incubadas”
Rheana Gardner, USA, “Selfportrait as Venus de Urbino”
Blair Friederich, USA, “3 Spaces”
Sara Umemoto, Japan, “Farewell”
Chieko Tanemura, USA, “Haight Street”
Ragne Sigmond, Denmark, “Fleeting”

Archive:

Title:    “Spring Tune”  Solo Exhibit
Date:    February 14 through March 29, 2011
Time:   10:00am ~ 17:00pm (closed on Wednesday & Thursday)
Place:  Hanaya-Kitagawa Gallery, 1291-3, Takabatake-cho, Nara City, Nara-Pref. JAPAN 630-8301

Hanaya-Kitagawa Gallery is located in an ancient Japanese city of Nara, which is known for its cultural heritage and serene and mystical environment. I felt that this gallery, which is an old traditional house built in 1922 turned into an intimate art space, was the perfect place to showcase my latest project which consists of 45 spring-themed small size photographs.