We had the opportunity to attend Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival as guests and portfolio reviewers during 25–28th August 2016.
The week-long festival held in Kobe City and organised by Takeki Sugiyama and team, has an interesting “camp” format centred on portfolio reviews and clinics for emerging photographers in Japan and abroad.
This year’s main guest photographers include Jamey Stillings, Alejandro Duran and Kosuke Okahara. An emerging photographers showcase included Chan Dick, Ni Liang, Ayumi Miyo, Mayumi Suzuki, Ryotaro Horiuchi, Naohiko Hoshino, Katsumi Saiki, Go Goto, Noboru Taguchi and our very own Shyue Woon from the IPA Mentorship Program. Portfolio Reviewers included: Laura Valenti (Photo Lucida / director / USA), David Bram (Fraction Magazine / director / USA), Kevin WY Lee (Invisible Photographer Asia / founder / curator / Singapore), Wang Xi (Shenzen Urban Photo Festival / China), Andreas Muller Pohle (Photographer / photo editor / Germany), Steven Lee (Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award / Malaysia), Françoise Callier (Angkor Photo Festival / festival coordinator / France / Cambodia), Ito Tsuyoshi (ONWARD / founder / USA), Jamey Stillings (Photographer / USA), Kosuke Okahara (Photographer / Japan), Debora Schwedhelm (Photographer / USA), Michael Sebastian (Photographer / USA), Alejandro Durán (Photographer / Mexico), Michel Huneault (Photographer / Canada), 田中ゆき Yuki Tanaka (Getty Images Japan / editor / Japan), 永田陽一 Yoichi Nagata (Fraction Magazine Japan / Japan), 大西洋 Hiroshi Onishi (shashasha / publisher / book distributor / Japan), 太田菜穂子 Naoko Ohta (Klee inc. / Independent Curator / Japan), 柿島貴志 Takashi Kakishima (Poetic Scape / gallery / Japan), タカザワケンジ Kenji Takazawa (Photo critic / photo writer / Japan), and 杉山武毅 Takeki Sugiyama (RAIEC / Gallery TANTO TEMPO / founder / curator / Japan)
It was very encouraging to see a young festival with a format aimed to nurture and grow local talent and community. We look forward to seeing Mt. Rokko Festival’s progress and hope to visit again in future.
Here are some highlights and pictures from the Festival:
Some Portfolio Highlights from Mt. Rokko: