Exhibition: A ‘Retrospective’ of Shōji Ueda in Angkor Photo Festival

The exhibition of works by one of Japan’s most outstanding photographers, the late Shōji Ueda

@Shōji Ueda

The 12th Angkor Photo Festival will be held at Siem Reap in Cambodia.

As one of the World Press Photo 2016 Exhibitions, the annual World Press Photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. The pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world. Entrants accept the code of ethics and all winning photographs are verified as visual documents of the scene the photographer witnessed.

And the ‘Retrospective’, an exhibition of works by one of Japan’s most outstanding photographers, Shōji Ueda (1913-2000). Ueda was a sedentary adventurer, always exploring the dunes that sculpted the landscape throughout the seasons. He was drawn to everything around him: a map of the world, a wheat field caressed by the wind, a boy in roller skates, the graceful figure of his wife, Norie. When he wasn’t out wandering, he composed still lives of seasonal fruit and incongruous objects, small treasures found here and there. Ueda remained deeply attached to his birthplace, Tottori prefecture on the Sea of Japan, which he used as a backdrop for the vast majority of his work.

A ‘Retrospective’ of Shōji Ueda
Dates: 3rd December 2016 – 30th January 2017
Venue: Full Frontal Gallery (King’s Road Angkor)

Shoji Ueda
Shoji Ueda was born in 1913 in the town Sakaiminato, Japan. He gained his interest in photography after attending a photography class at his high school, which led him to studying photography at the Oriental School of Photography in 1931. He graduated at the age of 19 and returned to his home village where he set up his own photo studio. During the same period, he joined the Japan Photography Association and quickly established a strong reputation due to many of his photos being published in magazines and in displays. Throughout his life, he has held many exhibitions, but notably, he managed to hold major exhibitions in every decade of his life after graduating from the Oriental School of Photography. In 1995, the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography was founded in Houki-cho and in 1996, he was awarded the Cheavlier des Arts et des Lettres prize by the French Government and finally in 1998, his home state of Tottori awarded him their first Prefectural Citizen Achievement award.

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