Any Answers: Lucille Reyboz & Yusuke Nakanishi

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Kyotographie’s co-founders reflect on their partnership, plus their joint-success of building a worldwide photography festival in Kyoto, the cultural capital associated with Japan

Adams photographer Lucille Reyboz and Japanese lighting artist Yusuke Nakanishi met in 2011, through 2013 they had launched the first edition of Kyotographie.

The citywide event hosts exhibitions in unconventional venues, such as temples, teahouses, and traditional gardens. The 10th anniversary edition starts this weekend, including tributes to two masters of photography, and a landmark exhibit celebrating a new guard of girls photographers in Japan.

As co-directors and life partners, Reyboz plus Nakanishi are guided with a mutual passion for digital photography and a mission to nurture an international hub for the medium in Japan.

Here, they share their particular story.

We fulfilled at a party in Tokyo in 2011. Simply by chance, we were both reading through the same book about Japanese ghost stories: Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn.

Our first cooperation was a series of photographs influenced by these narratives, named Kyo-kaï. The ability of nature had a strong impact on us.

Soon after we fulfilled, the Tōhoku earthquake plus tsunami struck. This propelled our desire to support the photography picture.

All of us exhibited our work in Paris the following summer, and produced a trip to Rencontres d’Arles. The happening has become a mecca for photographers worldwide, but we were surprised that there were barely any kind of Japanese people, and small information about it in Asia.

Japan has a rich plus influential photographic history; this needed a festival want Arles. All of us wanted to create a place to trade ideas and information, and give local photographers a stage to connect and show work.

Kyoto is renowned as the cultural funds of Japan, and is house to some 2000 temples and shrines. It had been the perfect stage to convey our message, nationally and globally.

In 2013, we launched the first edition of Kyotographie. This wouldn’t are already possible without the special establishing of Kyoto; we were therefore inspired by the beauty and spirit of the place.

We got married at our local Shinto shrine in Kyoto, inside 2016. It had been a simple and intimate ceremony with just our wonderful children, Eden and Yuzen, and a couple of dear buddies. It was a precious instant.

Our own biggest strength as a collaboration is that we understand one another without words. From the very beginning we felt it was natural to create jointly.

The main difference between French and Western culture is its approach to education. The French tend to consider situations commonly, whereas the Japanese are more particular on the details. Together, we are complete.

When we were children, there was clearly a greater sense of surprise in our lives. Now, there is an overload of information; less opportunities for us to encounter what we haven’t seen just before. We want to move people, leave an impression, and surprise all of them.

Digital photography transcends the barriers associated with language with a strong and direct message. It is the perfect medium to talk about stories that address public and cultural issues.

Music will be our other mutual passion. At home, we are always listening to music, even though travelling we try to go to live concerts and blues festivals. We would love to reunite to music and work together on a project together.

The Benrido Atelier is our favourite photographic destination in Kyoto. It is a champ in the collotype process and it has been a good friend from the festival since the start.

This town is like a treasure container – when you open it, you discover new things every day. The combination of tradition plus innovation, the omnipresence of nature, and celebration from the shifting seasons is a regular joy.

Kyotographie   takes place at various venues around Kyoto, Japan, from 09 April to 05 May 2022.  

Marigold Warner

Marigold Warner joined up with the British Journal Digital photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Online Editor. She researched English Literature and History of Art at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Magazine Journalism through City, University of Greater london. Her work has been released by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Gal-dem, Disegno, and the Architects Journal.

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