Judges (Until 2021)
FIND/47 wants to publish only the best photographs that are sent to us. This is why we have assembled a team of judges
from a number of different fields, each of whom has, in their work, demonstrated a keen eye for Japanese beauty and culture.
Ishikawa was born in Tokyo in 1977. After earning his doctorate at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, he developed an interest in anthropology and folklore. He has since traveled all over Japan, chronicling his travels through his photography. His photo collection, CORONA (Seidosha), was given the Ken Domon Award for documentary photography books. Ishikawa has published numerous books, including Saigo no Bokenka (The last adventurer; Shueisha), which earned the Takeshi Kaiko Award for Nonfiction. Most recently, his works were featured at the 2017 Sapporo International Air Festival and the 2017 Oku-noto Triennale, as well as a solo exhibition, Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet, at Ichihara Lakeside Museum in Chiba Prefecture.
Ito is an ad producer who also experiments with rebuilding commonly held views about lifestyles. A self-described introvert, Ito uses social media to overcome her social awkwardness and achieve her grand objectives, in the process suggesting that crowdsourcing will be the lifestyle norm in the future. Her projects include Wedding Camp, an event that involved a hundred participants holding a wedding at a campsite where they also spent the night, and My Townhouse, in which she renovated a 100-year-old house in Kumamoto Prefecture that had been abandoned for 17 years. For the 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival, she presented Hey, Sapporo, a project involving her moving to the titular city and living there at the behest of the festival's guest director, Ryuichi Sakamoto, who described her very lifestyle as art. In 2017, Ito directed her first movie, Wakarekata Kurashikata (How to leave, how to live). Her writings can be found in Atarashii Iezukuri no Kyokasho (The new homebuilder's textbook) and other books.
CEO and Creative Director, New Standard Co.
Kushi was born in 1984. After graduating from junior high, he studied abroad in the U.S., where he graduated high school early at the age of 16 and started up a business. After returning to Japan at 19, Kushi began working at Dell. The following year, he became the company's top salesman in corporate sales. At 21, Kushi left Dell to spend the next two years traveling around 25 countries. He then returned to Dell and, at age 25, became manager of service sales. After leaving Dell a second time, Kushi began developing a social business in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. He launched Tabi Labo in 2014, and in 2017 established Brand Studio, an in-house creative agency. In May 2019, Kushi announced that Tabi Labo Co. would be renamed New Standard Co.
Information Science Researcher
Dominique Chen Born 1981 in Tokyo, French citizen. B.A. from UCLA (Design/MediaArts), M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Tokyo iii (Information Studies). Associate Professor at Waseda University, School of Culture, Media and Society since 2017. Dominick started his career as a researcher at the NTT InterCommunication Center, taking in charge of constructing its open web archive "HIVE" that applied Creative Commons license to all of its video contents. He has then been active in promoting the Creative Commons license in Japan since 2004, and is on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons Japan since 2007. In 2008, he started Dividual, an IT startup in Tokyo, where he has been developing numerous web services and smart phone apps one of which was awarded Best of AppStore from Apple for both 2015 and 2016. He was also certified as “Super Creator” by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan (2009), for the proposal of ThoughtTrace, a key-logger software that analyses the writer's mind and thought process. He has hosted NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)’s news program NEWSWEB (2015.4~2016.3), as a specialist in information technology. He has served as a jury member and Focus Issue Director in “Technology and Information”, "Development of Social Infrastructure" for the Good Design Award since 2016. Dominique is also an author of several books on Open Source and Free Culture, Neo-cybernetics, Philosophy of Information, and has translated books on Positive Computing, Reality Mining and Technological Singularity.
Playwright and director
Hirata is a visiting professor at the Osaka University Center for the Study of Co* Design, sub project leader at the Tokyo University of the Arts Center of Innovation, and guest lecturer and special advisor to the president at Shikoku Gakuin University. In 1995, Hirata earned the 39th Kishida Prize for Drama for his play, Tokyo Note. He has also received a Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award (2006) and the title of Chevalier of France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2011). In recent years, Hirata has produced works in collaboration with other countries, primarily France, and has led avant garde projects such as the theatrical productions involving robots and androids he has directed in collaboration with Osaka University and Tokyo University of the Arts. He has also served as cultural policy advisor to the city of Toyooka, and has led cultural and educational initiatives in the town of Nagi in Okayama Prefecture.
Barakan was born in London in 1951. After studying Japanese at SOAS, University of London, he traveled to Japan in 1974 to begin work in the rights department of a music publisher. Barakan is currently a freelance broadcaster, whose voice can be heard on Barakan Beat (Inter FM), Weekend Sunshine (NHK-FM), Lifestyle Museum (Tokyo FM), and other radio programs. He is also the host of the TV show Japanology Plus (NHK BS1). Barakan has published several books in Japanese, including Rock Between the Lines: Songs with a Conscience (Shueisha International), Rajio no Kochiragawa de (On this side of the radio; Iwanami Shinsho), Once Upon a Time in England... (Kobunsha Bunko), Musings on Music (and Radio) (Shueisha International), Souru no Yukue (Where has soul gone?; Artes Publishing), and Boku ga Aisuru Rokku: Meiban 240 (Rock music that I love: 240 classic albums; Kodansha Plus Alpha Bunko).
People offer a wide range of opinions when they look at a photograph. What is important is that you, as the photographer, are not swayed by these opinions, whether they rip your photograph to shreds or praise it to the high heavens. There's no need to hold your ears and refuse to listen to them, but there's also no need to heed these opinions or to try to please your audience.
I firmly believe that you can only be good at something you are passionate about. I hope you will take only the kinds of pictures that you personally believe in.