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Syoin Kajii


Profile:
Profile:
Born in Niigata, Japan in 1976. Lives and works in Niigata. Graduated from Koyasan University in Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhism) in 1999. After having served Buddhist apprenticeship at Koyasan (Mt. Koya) from 1995 to 1999, he started his career as a photographer while being a monk of the Singon Sect in Sado Island. In 2004, he was awarded the 1st FOIL Award for his series of pictures in which he took a succession of waves on a shore in Sado. Following the FOIL Award, he published photo book NAMI and was awarded the Rookie of the Year 2005 by The Photographic Society of Japan for this overwhelmingly energetic and spiritual book. Having visited various countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Britain, he has been continuously photographing of waterscapes as well as ruralscapes.


Awards:
2009 20th the Rookie of the Year by Gotoh Memorial Foundation
2005 The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year award
2004 1st FOIL Award

Collection:
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam



Solo exhibitions :
2009
"Shikamura" Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata
2008
"NAMI" Niitsu Art Forum, Niigata
"Marginal Village" FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
2006
"NAMI" epSITE, Tokyo
2005
"NAMI" The Art & Natural History Museum of SADO, Niigata
2004
1st FOIL Award winners exhibition "NAMI" Little More Gallery, Tokyo


Group exhibitions:
2008
"Water in Photography" Huise Marseille, Amsterdam
2007

"Spitting Image -a group exhibition of photographers" V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
"FOIL vol.1 Co-exist" FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
"Views of Water : From Monet and Taikan to the Present" Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
2006
"Whisper not!" Huis Mareille, Amsterdam
2005
"Landscape" Gana Art Center, Seoul
"The month of Photography, Tokyo 2005" Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo


Publications:

2008
"Marginal Village" (FOIL)
2004
"NAMI" (FOIL)



Selected Articles (Magazine):

2008
FOIL vol.2 "Japan" (FOIL)
2007
FOIL vol.1 "Co-exist" (FOIL)

 

 
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