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Vibes of the Old and New Worlds Connect Us in the 2019 Kyotographie Festival




The 7th edition of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival will be held from April 13 to May 12, 2019, presenting over 13 exhibitions centered around the theme “VIBE,” all shown in iconic Kyoto venues with original scenography.


The KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, in a style that is unique in Asia. Exhibitions are spread across the city, staged creatively in various traditional and contemporary settings. The festival creates opportunities, bringing people together of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading photography events, KYOTOGRAPHIE has attracted some 560,000 visitors from within Japan and overseas since 2013.


According to Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi, co-founders and directors of KYOTOGRAPHIE, the theme for 2019 is “VIBE.”


The explained: “A VIBE is a distinctive emotional atmosphere, something sensed intuitively and deeply connected to our mood. Vibes rush over you when you meet a person, confront a memory or event, visit a place, hear a piece of music, or remember a time. These invisible waves, both positive and negative, alter our experience. They either separate us or connect us.”


Exhibitions: 2019 Programs

1. Ismaïl Bahri (France, Tunisia)

Ismaïl Bahri, Ligne, 2011, HD video, 16/9, 1 min loop


2. Weronika Gęsicka (Poland)

Weronika Gęsicka, Vibe, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Jednostka Gallery


3. Teppei Kaneuji (Japan)

Teppei Kaneuji, Paper and Liquid #1, 2018-2019


4. Kenryou Gu (China)

Kenryou Gu, 15972 sampling, 2019 ©︎ Kenryou Gu


5. Benjamin Millepied (France)

Photo by Benjamin Millepied


6. Albert Watson (Scotland)

Albert Watson, Adriana in Reeds, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” story, New York City, 2017


7. Magnum Live Lab in Kyoto – Kosuke Okahara & Paolo Pellegrin (presented by FUJIFILM)

ANTARCTICA. 2017. NASA IceBridge flight surveying climate change in Antarctica.
Aerials taken from a NASA P3 plane flying over Venable 01A. Antarctica. 2017. © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos


Akane, 26 years old, has been suffering depression and self-injury for over 4 years. Kosuke Okahara, Ibasyo, self-mutilation among young people in Japan, 2007 © Kosuke Okahara


8. About Her, about Me, and about Them. Cuba through the Art and Life of Three Photographers (curated by Cristina Vives): Alberto Korda(Cuba), René Peña(Cuba), and Alejandro González(Cuba)

Alberto Korda, Norka. Brisas del Mar, La Habana, 1960.
© Alberto Korda courtesy of Estate Alberto Korda, Havana.


René Peña, Dad, 2016
© René Peña courtesy of the artist.


Alejandro González, From the series of Improper Conduct, 2008
© Alejandro González courtesy of the artist and Estudio Figueroa-Vives, Havana.


9. Pierre Sernet & SHUNGA (presented by CHANEL NEXUS HALL)

“Light Snow in Spring (Haru no usuyuki) / Keisai Eisen / 1822
Uragami Mitsuru collection”


10. Ruinart Exhibition

Ruinart Exhibition



The event will be held at multiple sites in Kyoto, Japan. For a map of the site locations in Kyoto and and event hours at the site, please check the event website, here.



Various passport tickets are available at information booths and paid-entry sites.



Multi-Day Passport Tickets
Adults ¥4,000 JPY
Students ¥3,000 JPY (high school, vocational school, university, with student ID)
Young students (junior high school and below): Admission free of charge (with student ID)
Disabled persons with one companion: Admission free of charge (with Disabled Person’s Handbook)
Group Discount (over 10 people) ¥3,500 JPY per person

The Multi-day Passport Ticket is valid for the duration of the festival (ticket holder only, non transferable). It allows you to enter once at every one of the main program exhibition sites, except the Horikawa Oike Gallery, which permits multiple entries with this ticket .


1 DAY Passport Ticket (Valid only for one day, single entry into exhibition sites)
Adults: ¥3,000 JPY
Students (high school and above): ¥2,000 JPY (with student ID)
Young students (junior high school and below): Admission free of charge (with student ID)
Disabled persons with one companion: Admission free of charge (with Disabled Person’s Handbook)
Group discount (over 10 people): ¥2,500 JPY per person


For further information and booking checkout the event’s website.

Author: JAPAN Forward

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