Photographer : Ichio Usui     >> Japanese

  • Ichio Usui was born in Yamagata and raised in Hyogo, Japan in 1983. He graduated Japan Institute of Photography and Film and then received the Encouragement Award. He also has a primary certification of photo master.
  • He spent his active childhood in a place surrounded by nature. He had liked writing and drawing a picture since he was a little, so he had traveled around to draw pictures for two years. Then he had worked as a sales and system engineer at System Integrator. While he changed the job and started working as a manager at a IT company, he started taking photographs. After that, he attended a special photograph school and learned about photograph in earnest while working. After he got working experiences more than ten years, his first photograph won the grand prize in a contest. That became the start of his career as a photographer. He has been traveling to Asian countries with his wife and taking photographs to broaden the range of his knowledge and activities from 2017. Now he has been believing in the power of photo and doing creations of photographs. He mainly presents his works abroad.
  • He has a lot of experiences that he won a prize in international contests such as IPA, MIFA, TIFA, and PX3.

- Awards -

2019 KYOTOGRAPHIE
 └ KG+SELECT 12 Artists : ”運命共同体 (Communities bound together by a common destiny)

2018 IPA (International Photography Award)
 └ 3rd Place : Nature Flowers (Professional) ”a layer

2018 Px3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris)
 └ Honorable Mention : Nature Other (Professional) ”a layer

2018 FAPA (Fine Art Photography Awards)
 └ 2nd Place : Nature ”a layer

2017 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards)
 └ Gold : Nature Flowers (Professional) ”a layer“, Nature Landscapes (Professional) ”Molding thing
 └ Silver : Architecture Bridges (Professional) ”Pearl Bridge

2017 IPA (International Photography Award)
 └ 1st Place : Architecture Bridges ”Pearl Bridge“, Architecture Others ”Floating“, Nature Other ”a layer
 └ 2nd Place : Fine Art Other ”a layer

2017 Px3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris)
 └ Silver : Nature Landscape ”Molding thing“, Fine Art Landscape ”Molding thing
 └ Bronze : Nature Seasons ”Lights

2017 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)
 └ 3rd Place : Architecture Industrial ”Floating

2016 ONAEBA vol.19
 └ Reviewer Award (Selected by Haruhisa Yamaguchi) : ”共生 -Tomoiki-

2016 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards)
 └ Gold : Nature Seasons ”Lights

・・・and more

- Group Exhibition -

Ashiya Photographic Exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe)
TIFA Winners Exhibition (ICA Space, Tokyo)
Px3 Winners Exhibition (Espace Beaurepaire, Paris)
MIFA Exhibition Minsk (Artel Gallery Minsk, Belarus)
Yume no saki Project (72Gallery, Tokyo)
Onaeba vol.19 (KIITO, Kobe)
Japan Institute of Photography and Film Selection Exhibition (Fujifilm photo salon, Osaka)
Japan Institute of Photography and Film Selection Exhibition (Nikon salon, Osaka)
Monochrome Photograph 2015 Light & Shadow (meriken gallery, Kobe)

・・・and more

- Solo Exhibition -

Apr 12th – May 12th, 2019 “Communities bound together by a common destiny” (KG+SELECT 2019, Kyoto)
Sep 17th – 23th, 2015 “The Miracles…” (Biennale Kobe 2015, Kobe)

- Publications -

IPA Book 2018
El Pais Semanal
IPA Book 2017
PX3 Book 2017
PhatPhoto Vol.97