AWARDS

The New Photographer Award

UEHARA Sayaka
Lives in Okinawa

Reason for award

For her exhibition, “The Others” (Canon Open Gallery1, INTERFACE-Shomei Tomatsu Lab., 2019).

Born in Okinawa in 1993. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 2016. Received Zokei Award 2015 for her graduation work “White Season” in which she tried to capture Okinawan everyday scenery as an extension of someone’s life, not the existing Okinawa image by symbolic interpretation as something to be consumed. Went back to Okinawa and continued shooting after graduation.

Chosen to “Okinawa Photography Typhoon: From North From South”, project to discover and present young photographers by PHOTONESIA OKINAWA, which honors late Tomatsu Shomei’s contributions, disseminates photography knowledge and culture and actively promotes various projects to nurture photography-related human resources, she had an exhibition “The Others” both in Okinawa and Tokyo (Canon Open Gallery1, INTERFACE-Shomei Tomatsu Lab., 2019). She exhibited a series of photographs taken for about 3 years from 2016 to April 2019, which projected the moments that accidentally touched someone’s time in familiar landscape and the history and problems of Okinawa lying in even very small living spaces.

By focusing the fine texture and expressions of the things lit up under the bright sunshine, she keeps taking photographs carefully capturing the memories and scars that appear in Okinawa landscape.

 

Artist Statements

I am extremely happy to receive the New Photographer Award as I did not expect it. The Others, for which the award was given, was my first solo exhibition, made possible by the help of many people. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.

What appears in photographs are clues for thoughts. I want to continue to pursue photography as a way to continue to imagine with distance and to prevent all the details from being lost. Being chosen for this award is great motivation for me to continue my work from now. Thank you very much.

from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019
from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019
from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019
from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019
from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019
from the series "The Others"
Okinawa
2016-2019