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 -

2018 IPA (International Photography Award)
 └ 3rd Place : Nature Flowers (Professional) ”a layer
 └ Honorable Mention : Nature Flowers (Professional) ”a layerII“, Fine Art-Still Life (Professional) ”Withering…

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)
 └ 1st Place : Nature Flowers (Professional) ”a layer“, Nature Landscapes (Professional) ”Molding thing
 └ 2nd Place : Architecture Bridges (Professional) ”Pearl Bridge
 └ Honorable Mention : Fine Art Other (Professional) ”Withering…

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)
 └ 2nd Place : Nature Landscape ”Molding thing“, Fine Art Landscape ”Molding thing
 └ 3rd Place : Nature Seasons ”Lights
 └ Honorable Mention : Fine Art Abstract ”My wife“, Advertising Architecture ”Floating

2017 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)
 └ 3rd Place : Architecture Industrial ”Floating
 └ Honorable Mention : Nature Seasons ”Lights“, Fine Art Landscape ”Artifact

2016 Pictorico Photo Contest
 └ Winning Work : ”凛 -Rin-

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

2016 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards)
 └ 1st Place : Nature Seasons ”Lights
 └ Honorable Mention : People Life Style ”Days Of Nishinari-ku In Japan“, ”My Town

・・・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 -

Sep 17-23th, 2015 “The Miracles…” (Biennale Kobe 2015)

- Publications -

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