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International Portfolio Review 2021
Supported by Dyson

Submissions of Portfolio Review 2021 have closed. Thank you for your entries!

In 2021, we welcome you to the sixth edition of our International Portfolio Review. During KYOTOGRAPHIE, leading figures in the field of photography including curators, gallerists, photo festival directors, publishers, and photographers gather. Professionals in the field of contemporary art are also invited.
KYOTOGRAPHIE respects and appreciates all forms of expression through photography. The diversity of our reviewers and the opportunity they present is one of our many contributions to photographers.

During the fifth edition of the review, KYOTOGRAPHIE welcomed 36 reviewers from 10 countries, with 96 photographers from 8 countries participating. So far participating photographers have had the chance to exhibit in Europe, Japan (TOKYOGRAPHIE) and China, while others have published photo books in France, and won a world-class photo award. Our portfolio review is all-inclusive, open to all ages, nationalities and career levels. We look forward to your submission!

Dates : 2021.9.18 Sat. – 19 Sun. | 10:00 – 17:30 Entry Deadline : Wednesday, August 4th 2021, 11:59PM (Japan Time)

About the review

Reviews are 20 minutes long with a 10-minute break in between. Every effort will be made during the allocation process to meet your preferences. During the allocation process, the result of screening, your preferences, and your submitted work are all taken into consideration. In principle, we plan to allocate you at least one of the preferred reviewers, for example, if you select 3 reviews you will get one of your preferences if 5 reviews then 2. Also, participants will have reviewers whom KYOTOGRAPHIE recommends. Please understand that the number of sessions varies by reviewers and that we do not guarantee that you will have reviewers of your preference.

Please note that some international reviewers may switch to online reviews due to travel restrictions or other circumstances. The online session may be held on the 17th of September. In this case, participants will be asked to set up their online environment to participate in the review, or we will set up an online booth in the review room that they can use.
This event will be held under appropriate measures to protect against COVID-19 infections. Please note that it is a prerequisite for participants to attend the review. Thank you for your understanding.

Nicolas Jimmenz © 2019 Naoyuki Ogino
RongRong + Inri © 2019 Naoyuki Ogino

KYOTOGRAPHIE Portfolio Review Award 2021

This year we have two awards for the portfolio review.
On the final day of the review, we will collect feedback from the reviewers. Then, after a review by KYOTOGRAPHIE co-directors Lucille Reybose and Yusuke Nakanishi, we will determine the recipients of each award. We’ll be announcing a surprise award soon. Further updates to follow.

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Dyson Lightcycle Morph Award 1 Winner

The winner of this prize will receive a Dyson Lightcycle Morph™, newly developed by Dyson.
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DELTA Award 1 Winner

The winner of this award will be given the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition for approximately three weeks at DELTA, the gallery space run by KYOTOGRAPHIE in Kyoto. The potential duration of the exhibition will be decided by mutual consultation at some point between January and March 2022.
What is my opportunity at DELTA:
DELTA exhibitions are generally three-week exhibitions of works and collections by national and international artists, from emerging artists to masters, who take us to new heights.
Coinciding are events, workshops through the KYOTOGRAPHIE Academy, a place of learning with leading figures in their fields. These exhibitions and events are shared with our partners internationally.
DELTA is a space that nurtures culture and innovation


CROSSING Portfolio Review After Party & KG + Opening Party

The "CROSSING – Portfolio Review & KG+ Party" at Hyatt Regency Kyoto. We will celebrate the final day of the International Portfolio Review 2021 and the opening day of KG+2021, the satellite event of KYOTOGRAPHIE! At this party, we will announce the new 'Portfolio Review Award' and the KG+ Select Artists. In addition, people from various fields of the industry will gather, including photographers, reviewers, KYOTOGRAPHIE artists, KG+ artists, KYOTOGRAPHIE organizers, etc. This event allows participants to further connect with people in the industry. In conjunction with the party, we will host the 'PORTFOLIO WALK' where participants can present photos to professionals directly.

CROSSING Party ©2019 Naoyuki Ogino


This event will conclude the final day of the review, during CROSSING. Around 20 people will be selected by lottery from the review participants and those who wish to attend. If you would like to participate in the Portfolio Walk, please answer the question in the online application form. You will have the opportunity to discuss your work with reviewers, other photographers, KG+ exhibitors, KYOTOGRAPHIE exhibitors and other leading participants.




Basic Information
Dates 2021.9.18 Sat. – 19 Sun. | 10:00 – 17:30
Fee 3 reviews: ¥25,000
5 reviews: ¥35,000
Student discount 3 reviews: ¥15,000
Student discount 5 reviews: ¥25,000
About 20 min for each session.
Venue Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Application Deadline Wednesday, August 4th 2021, 11:59PM
(Japan Time)
CROSSING – Portfolio Review & KG+ Party

Due to the State of Emergency issuance, this year’s Crossing Party has been suspended.

Dates 2021.9.19 Sun. | 18:00 – 21:00
(Door Opens at 17:30)
Fee To be Announced soon.
Venue To be Announced soon.

​Hyatt Regency Kyoto
644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 605-0941
Tel: +81 75 541 1234

Porflio Review Application Process

1. Please fill out the online entry form with the required information, a photo and pay the application fee (flat rate of 1,000 yen).
The deadline for entries is 23:59 Japan time on August 4th, 2021.

2. After the application deadline, the KYOTOGRAPHIE team will conduct a pre-screening process for the review.

3. The KYOTOGRAPHIE team will inform you in the first half of August whether you have passed the pre-screening. We will also contact the successful applicants to pay the review fee by the given deadline.

4. Once we have received your payment, we will contact you to schedule a review with the reviewer of your choice.

Please note that the number of reviews will vary from reviewer to reviewer. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
(If you request three reviews, you will be assigned at least one reviewer; if you request five reviews, you will be assigned at least two reviewers.

※ Due to the ever changing COVID-19 situation in Japan this event, and its related events (CROSSING and the Portfolio Walk) are subject to change. We will contact you in the event there are changes. KYOTOGRAPHIE follows the Government’s recommendations for everyones safety. Temperature checks and disinfection are required. We thank you for helping us keep you safe, and keeping our staff and guests safe.

Benoît Baume
Founder of Fisheye Magazine and the Fisheye Gallery

Online 2021/09/17
Pascal Beausse
Head of the Photographic Collections at the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris

An Art Critic and a Curator, Pascal Beausse is currently the Head of the Photographic Collections at the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Center for Visual Arts) in Paris.
He has published essays, articles, interviews and catalogues on the work of Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, David Lamelas, Teresa Margolles, Allan Sekula, Bruno Serralongue, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Wang Du, among others.
Recent exhibitions curated by Pascal Beausse include: Hanako Murakami, Conception (Rencontres d’Arles, 2019), Kai Fusayoshi, Living as a Poet in Kyōto (Nijo castle, Kyoto, 2019), Ange Leccia (PhotoSaintGermain, Paris, 2019), Kenryou Gu, 15972 Sampling (Kyotographie, 2019), Hiroshima Art Document (Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima, 2019), among others.
Pascal Beausse was a resident at Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto, in 2007.

Sébastien Ruiz
General Secretary of the Fonds de donation agnès b.

General secretary of the Fonds de donation agnès b. scince 2016.
The Fonds de donation works to support art as a shared experience that is intimately linked to the senses, as well as the activities of the agnès b. endowment fund and artistic works that convey ideas in a profound way.
Ruiz intends for the Fonds de donation to contribute to the deep connection between solidarity, creation, and sharing.
He aims to further advance collaboration between industry and academia, the spread of contemporary art, and to encourage the emergence of new artists.
After graduetd from the University of Orleans, Sébastien Ruiz was responsible for the Taschen bookstore in Paris, Head of exhibitions at the National Center for Printed Arts in Chatou, Head of audiences at the Théâtre du Nord in Lille, Director of the Galerie du Jour agnès b.
In 2020, he opened the new base of the agnès b. : La Fab., A cultural and united factory in the heart of the 13th district of Paris.

Laura Serani
Art Director of Planches Contact Festival - Deauvillle

Pauline Vermare
Independent curator and photography historian, formerly cultural director of Magnum Photos and curator at ICP, New York.

Yumi Goto
Independent Curator
Language:Japanese, English

Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.

She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events.

She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-funder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities. In addition to the RPS in Tokyo, in November of 2020, she established a new RPS offshoot “PAPEROLES" in Kyoto and will lead a full-fledged activity from 2021.

Mika Kobayashi
Photo Researcher
Language:Japanese, English

Mika Kobayashi is a photo critic and curator who writes for magazines and websites, and has taught at schools and institutions in both Japan and overseas. From 2007 to 2008, she resided in the United States as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council and Patterson Fellowship, and worked on exhibitions and research to introduce Japanese photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has been a guest researcher at the Museum of Modern Art bwetween 2010 and March, 2019, and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University since 2014.

Mutsuko Ota
IMA Editorial Director


Mutsuko Ota is Editorial Director of IMA magazine. born in Tokyo, 1968. She started her career as an editor at Marie Claire and worked at several men’s magazines such as Esquire, GQ and others as feature editor on travel, gastronomy, culture, art and photography among other areas. Along with collaborating with several magazines as a freelance editor, she also became involved in various fields including art projects, book and catalogue editing, and film promotion throughout her career. She published IMA magazine in 2012. While she participates in magazines As an editorial director, photo books and exhibitions, she runs IMA gallery in Tennousu, Tokyo.

Tomoki Matsumoto
Editor/ Director of T&M Projects

Tomoki Matsumoto is the editor and director of T&M Projects. He founded T&M Projects in 2014 and undertakes the editing and publishing of art books and photo collections. He has published the collected works of Japanese authors such as Rieko Shiga, Masaru Tatsuki, Masao Yamamoto, and Ayaka Yamamoto, as well as international authors such as Anders Peterson and Lin Chipen. In addition to publishing, he has also directed a number of creative projects.

Takahiro Ito
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum curator

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum curator. Born in Tokyo in 1986. Joined TOP in 2013 after curating at the Musashino Art University Museum and Library. Major exhibitions he has been curated include “Photography in the Ryukyu Islands”, “Photography and Fashion Since the 1990s”, “Things So Faint But Real: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 15”, “Nagashima Yurie: And a Pinch of Irony with a Hint of Love” and “In the Here and Now - TOP Collection: Scrolling Through Heisei Part1”.

Fumiko Nakamura
Senior Curator at Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Senior Curator/Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Curator/Aichi Triennale 2022
Nakamura is active in the Tokai and Kansai regions of Japan. A specialist in visual culture studies, photography, and contemporary art, she has been with Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art since 2007 and has curated such exhibitions as "In The Little Playground" (2009), "Art As Magic" (2012), and "Photography Will Be" (2014). She also founded the museum’s solo exhibition series APMoA Project, ARCH (2012-2017) providing a platform for emerging artists. In 2015 she served as part of the curatorial team for the Japan Foundation’s collaborative research project between Japan and South East Asia titled Condition Report. She also curated Play in the Flow, a 2017 group exhibition presented in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Hideko Kataoka
Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan
Language:Japanese, English

Hideko Kataoka has been Director of Photography at Newsweek Japan, since 2001. She joined the magazine as a photographer in 1991, covering national news, social issues and portraiture of world business and cultural leaders.
As director of photography, she oversees and directs photography both for the printed and digital editions of the magazine as well as its special issues. Since 2004, She created the “Picture Power” section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay that captures underreported topics from around the world. The book “Ten Years of Picture Power”, with selected photo stories from the section, was published in 2014.
Hideko is a lecturer in photojournalism and documentary photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University since 2013, does portfolio reviews and has served as a juror at international photography festivals and competitions, such as World Press Photo, FotoFest and many others. 

Taka Kawachi
Benrido, Overseas Division Director
Language:Japanese, English

Taka Kawachi has extensive international experience, having graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, to then working in New York City as a book editor and curator for 15 years, including Richard Prince, Nan Goldin and Patti Smith exhibition and book. Returning to Japan in 2011, he started to write essays on art and photography. In 2016, Kawachi published his first book “Art no Iriguchi (Entrance to the Arts, on American Art) followed by his second publication on European Art in the same year. In 2019 and 2020, he published his third and fourth book “The Artists 1 & 2” These publications illustrate his experiences of art, photography, design and architecture, and offers readers an opportunity to engage with the history and subjects of both regions from his unique point of view. He is currently the Director of the Overseas Division of Kyoto’s Benrido, working to disseminate the classic and rare photographic process of Collotype, and produced portfolios of Saul Leiter, Yamamoto Masao, Robert Doisneau and J. H. Lartigue.

Akio Nagasawa
Director of Moriyama Daido Photo Foundation, Director of Akio Nagasawa Gallery/Publishing

Kimi Himeno
Founder and Director of AKAAKA Art Publishing Inc.

Photographers, Founders of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival Founder
Language:Japanese, Chinese

Chinese photographic art pioneer RongRong (born in 1968) and Japanese photographer inri (born in 1973) teamed up in Beijing in 2000 as “RongRong&inri,” and have since played a leading role in photographic expression in China. In 2007, the pair established China's first contemporary photography center, “Three Shadows Photography Art Centre,” in Caochangdi in Beijing. With the aim of becoming a platform for the discovery, dissemination, and development of contemporary photographic art in China, the center holds a variety of exhibitions and programs throughout the year.
RongRong&inri say that since the creation of “Tsumari Monogatari” (Tsumari Story) in 2012–2014, which was influenced by the overwhelming water cycle in the primeval nature of Niigata, the existence of “life-giving water” has flowed at the foundation of their work.
In 2015 they moved to Kyoto. Their new work was born from the idea that the water cycle has strongly influenced the basic cultural landscape of Kyoto, which has produced in Japan’s millennial capital multi-layered scenery that combines history, culture, and topography.

Katsura Kunieda
Associate Curator, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

Associate Curator, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. She assumed her current position after working at the Mori Art Museum, Marugame City Genichiro Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, and ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Major exhibitions include Martino Gamper's “100 Chairs in 100 Days”, Teppei Kaneuji's “Zones”, and Lieko Shiga's “Blind Date”, at the Genichiro Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, she planned the exhibitions “Araki Masamitsu: Zombies and Me”, “Minato Mari: Horizons”, “Miyaki Ana: Bonding the Body” at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

Tomoka Aya
Director of The Third Gallery Aya, 
Director of Fine-Art Photography, Association
 Director of Osaka International Media Library

Born in Osaka, AYA Tomoka is the owner and director of The Third Gallery Aya, established in 1996. The gallery opened at the Ishiuchi Municipal Exhibition, dealing primarily with photography and contemporary art. In addition to the exhibitions at the gallery, the artist of the gallery, OKANOUE Toshiko's photo collage exhibition “Miracle of Silence” was displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Garden Museum in 2019. The artist of the gallery, YAMAZAWA Eiko's exhibition “What I am doing” was displayed at the Otani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya City in May and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in November in 2019 as 120th anniversary of her birth. In 1997, AYA produced a video titled “6 Works and 6 Artists – Being an Artist/Photographer”, a collection of interviews with six female photographers: AKIOKA Miho, ISHIUCHI Miyako, KODAMA Fusako ,NAGAHARA Yuri, MATSUO Hiroko and MATSUMOTO Michiko. In 2002, she served as supervising editor of the photography magazine “SHABA SHABA”, which published its final issue in 2005. In 2007, AYA curated a group exhibition titled “Comical&Cynical – Contemporary Photography of Korea and Japan” and toured Korea the following year. http://www.thethirdgalleryaya.com/

Hisako Hara
Art Producer
Language:Japanese, English

Hisako has done practicing as a producer, writer, editor and consultant. She has collaboratively curated exhibitions, including "Future Recollection" (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, 1997), “Move on Asia” (Alternative Space Loop,ZKM etc, 2002-2018), “Roppongi Crossing 2004” (Mori Art Museum, 2004), “Between Site and Space” (Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, 2008, ARTSSPACE Sydney, 2009), “Aichi Triennial 2010” (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, etc, 2010).
Her field of study is contemporary art, cultural policies. She is Professor of Osaka Electro-Communication University.

Shunji Dodo
Photographer, IrieTaikichi Memoria Museum of Photography Nara City President

Shunji Dodo was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1947 and graduated from the Department of Photography at Kyushu Sangyo University in the Faculty of Arts. In 1996, he won the annual prize from the Photographic Society of Japan for his work "Kii Peninsula Paradise". In 1998, he became the principal of the Visual Arts College in Osaka. In 1999, he won the 24th Ina Nobuo Award for his work "1,000 Years Paradise". In 2007, he won the Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography Art Award. In 2011, he won the 23rd Society of Photography Prize and the 27th Higashikawa Prize for his work "Osaka". In 2015, he was appointed the director of the Nara City Museum of Photography.

Chieko Kinoshita
Art Producer, Associate Professor of Co-creation Bureau, Osaka University

Chieko Kinoshita was born in 1971 and lives in Osaka. She began her current position in April of 2017 after working as an art producer at the Kobe Art Village Center and at the Osaka University Center for the Study of Communication Design (CSCD). Her specialties include modern art, cultural policy, and cultural project design. She has been involved in “Art Area B1”, a project developed and managed through the joint collaboration of companies and NPOs, as well as the art and culture network project “Creative Island Lab Nakanoshima”. In addition, she has served as a member of the executive committee for NAMURA ART MEETHING, curator for MEGA ART STORAGE KITAKAGAYA, offsite curator for Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, and public program director for OKAYAMA ART SUMMIT, among others.