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Biography

 
小関一成.kazuakikoseki.写真家.風景写真家.自然写真家
 
 

写真家
小関一成

 
Contemporary,nature and environmental photographer based in Yamagata,Tohoku, Japan.
 
 
 
 
 

Kazuaki Koseki


Born in 1977 in Yamagata prefecture,Japan.
Kazuaki Koseki was born into a family photo studio business, of which he is the eldest son. With photos forming a familiar part of his life since early childhood, Koseki now conducts his private photographic work while running the studio he has since taken over.
Mountains. Forests. Rivers. Koseki forges his way into the wilderness of Yamagata and Tohoku,evoking the five senses through the four seasons, and has dedicated himself to capturing the natural majesty of the area in many of his works, including in his landmark series Summer Fearies.
 
Including the award at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021,Critical Mass 2023 Top 50,LensCulture Critics' Choice 2021(Chris Pichler selected/Nazraeli Press), BigPicture Nature world Photography Competition 2021.2023,Photoville FENCE 2020, He has received numerous awards at home and abroad.
Solo exhibition "Forest of Misty Vision" (2022, Fujifilm Photo Salon, Tokyo, Osaka).
Including photo exhibitions in the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland),the Natural History Museum in London, the California Academy of Sciences, 11 cities in North America, and Russia, as well as being published in the Japanese edition of National Geographic magazine.2022 Published the art book "Forest of Misty Vision" (TOSEI Publishing Co.)
 
Please contact us regarding the works.
 
 
 

Statement

 
I take photographs of the Tohoku region in northern areas of Japan’s main island, mostly the natural landscapes of Yamagata. Here, one can sense the respiration of diverse strands of life, nestled amongst numerous and unique scenes that spring forth from the topography. Entering deep into the wilderness and observing, I encounter the winding paths nature has taken through the passage of time, and vestiges of the deep connections between nature and the people who lived here long before these modern times. I feel like this is nature in its purest form.
We live in a time where the destruction of nature is decried. However, it is not my wild ambition to involve myself with this, but rather to create photographs of the mysticism and mystery of the deep forest, should I happen upon it. I hope to convey to as many people as I can the boundless majesty born of nature and its enduring cycles, as precious as it is difficult to encounter. That is the object of my photography work.
 
 
 

 

小関 一成 (コセキ カズアキ)


1977 年山形県生まれ。
写真館の長男に生まれて幼少期から写真に親しみ、現在は写真館の後を引き継ぎながらプライベートワークを行う。 山、森、川。四季を通して五感を呼び起こしながら山形,東北の自然に分け入り、代表作「螢火-Summer Fairies-」など多くの作品を山形と東北の自然に捧げている。
 
受賞歴:Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021,Critical Mass 2023 Top 50,LensCulture Critics' Choice 2021(Chris Pichler selected/Nazraeli Press),Photoville FENCE 2020 ,BigPicture Natural world Photography Competition 2021,2023他多数受賞。
個展:「霧幻の水森 -Lake Shirakawa-」(2022年、富士フイルムフォトサロン、 東京、大阪)。 他、世界経済フォーラム(スイス,ダボス)、ロンドン自然史博物館(イギリス)、カリフォ ルニア科学アカデミー(アメリカ)、北米 11 都市、ロシアで展覧。2022年ナショナルジオグラフィック誌に掲載。 作品集:「霧幻の水森」(2022 年、冬青社刊)

 
作品のお問い合わせはコチラから。
 
 
 

Statement

 
私は日本の東北、主に山形の自然を撮っています。この地域には、地形が作り出す特殊な景観も相まって、多様な種の息遣いが感じられます。森を深く分け入って観察するほどに、自然が辿ってきた時間の経過を、また現代よりずっと前の人々と自然の間に強い繋がりがあっただろう痕跡を見ることができます。それは自然そのものだと感じています。いま、さまざま環境破壊が叫ばれる時代にあって、しかしその問題に私が取り組むといった大それたことではなく、私が森の奥深くで神秘を見たのなら、それを写真にしたい。そして自然の循環が作り出す、尊くも冒しがたい事実があることを多くの人に伝えたいと思います。それが私の写真行為です。
 
 

 

CV

 
SoloExhibition 
 
 2022 Kazuaki Koseki Exhibition「Forest of Misty Vision -Lake Shirakawa-」(Tokyo, Roppongi, FUJIFILM SQUARE)
         小関一成写真展「霧幻の水森 -Lake Shirakawa-」  
         【Tokyo】2022.2.18〜3.3 (Tokyo, Roppongi, FUJIFILM SQUARE)
   【Osaka】2022.7.1〜7.14 (Osaka, FUJIFILM PhotoSalon)
   【Yamagata】2022.8.19〜8.25 (Yamagata, Yuusoukan)
 2018 Kazuaki Koseki Photo Exhibition Breath ~ the breath of the earth ~(Tokyo,Kamiyatyo,Cafe Papier)
 
Group Exhibition 
 
 2024 「ALONE TOGETHER:CRITICAL MASS 2023 TOP 50」(Colorado Photographic Arts Center(Denver,USA)2024.2.23〜4.13
 2024 「Xposure International Photography Festival」(Expo Centre Sharjah,UAE) 2024.2.28〜3.5
 2024 「Photographic Visions - Winter 2024」(PH21 Gallery,Budapest,Hungary) 2024.1.11〜2.3
 2023 「BigPicture Natural World Photography」(California Academy of Sciences,USA) 2023.10.7〜2024.4.7
 2023 「People Sharing All the World」(Siena,Italy) 2023.10.1〜11.7
 2023 「World Photography in Focus」 (Bristl,UK)2023,4.29〜6.4
 2022 「World Economic Forum Davos 2022」 (Davos,Switzerland)2022,5.22〜5.26
 2021 「WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR」(Nature History Museum,London,UK) 2021.10.15〜2022.6.5
 2021 「BigPicture Natural World Photography」(California Academy of Sciences,USA) 2021.10.16〜2022.4.24
 2021 「I Wonder if You Can」(Italy, Siena) 2021.10.15〜12.5
 2021  TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2021 Exhibition(Linz City Hall, Austria)
 2020 「SECRET POWER OF A TALE」 (Center of Photography “March”,Russia,Yekaterinburg)
        「Summer Fairies」Series Exhibit
 2020 Photoville FENCE the 9th edition(America,Atlanta,Brooklyn,Denver,Durham,Houston,the Metro,
         New Orleans,Sarasota,Seattle,Winchester,Canada,Calgary)「Summer Fairies」Series Exhibit
 2020 PX3 PHOTO PRIZE2019 (Paris,Espace Beaurepaire)
 2019 PX3 PHOTO PRIZE2019 (Paris,Espace Beaurepaire)
 2019 TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2019 Exhibition(Linz City Hall, Austria)
 2018 PX3 PHOTO PRIZE2018 (Paris,Espace Beaurepaire)
 2018 WPC2018 Winning Work Exhibition (Tokyo,Portrait Gallery)
 
Collection
National Health Service (NHS),UK
Private collection
 
 
 
Art Book.写真集
2022 霧幻の水森(冬青社)「Forest of Misty Vision」TOSEI publishing Co.,Ltd
 
 
Features/Publications . 掲載/出版物
 
 2024 bioGraphic(USA)
 2024 National Geographic Portgal/Photo of the Day,22,Mar,2024
 2024 National Geographic España/Photo of the Day,15.Feb.2024
 2023 Nature's Best Photography Magazine winter 2023(USA)
 2022 GENTE DI FOTOGRAFIA NO.79 (Italy)
 2022 LensCulture Critics’ Choice 2021 Photobook(USA)
 2022 Collaboration on Instagram with the Natural History Museum(posting works for a week)
 2022 *National Geographic Japan,May 2022 issue(2022年5月号巻頭特集掲載)
 2022 metromin.LOCALRYTHM May 2022 issue(Japan,Tokyo)(メトロミニッツ2022年5月号特集記事掲載)
 2022 Bimonthly Fukeishashin March-April issue(Japan,Tokyo)(風景写真2022年3-4月号特集記事掲載)
 2021 WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Portfolio31(UK,London)
 2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards 2021 Competion Main Visual Published
 2021 TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT LUXURY EDITION 2021(Austria,Linz)
 2020 LensCulture Exposure Award 2020 Competion Visual Published
 2020 What will you remenber?/Fragmentary Blue(USA)
 2020 Thinking About Photography/Photography and Nature June 20th - August 15th(USA)
 2020 Px3 2020 Annual Book(France,Paris)
 2019 LensCulture Amerging Talent Award 2019 Competion Visual Published
 2019 Px3 2019 Annual Book(France,Paris)
 2019 TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT LUXURY EDITION 2019(Austria,Linz)
 2018 National geographic『Colorful Travel Photos From Around the World』
 2018 National geographic『Majestic Mountain Views From Around the World』
 2018 National geographic JapanNational geographic web日本版
 2018 National geographic UKNational geographic webイギリス版
 2018 National geographic SpainNational geographic webスペイン版
 2018 National geographic IndonesiaNational geographic webインドネシア版
 2018 National geographic TaiwanNational geographic web台湾版
 2018 National Geographic YourShot DailyDozen
 2018 Px3 2018 Annual Book(France,Paris)
 2018 Best of the Best Photographers 2018  (ONEEYELAND)
 
BBC,CNN,The Atlantic,The Telegraph, Daily Mail,Der Spiegel,Bored Panda,
 NHK、朝日新聞、読売新聞、毎日新聞、山形新聞、河北新報など
  
Editorial Work 
National Geographic Japan、Genti di fotografia(Italy)、メトロミニッツ(スターツ出版)、YAMAP MAGAZINE、価格.comマガジン、フライロッダーズ(地球丸)、おもちゃのムック(普遊舎),Trout Stage(釣り東北)
 
Corporate Work
山形県(真山形)、山形アドビューロ、フジドリームエアラインズ、Rio Brewing&Co.
 
Award
 
 2024 LensCulture Critics' Choice Award 2024 Top 10 (Megan Wright selected/Saatchi Art.Paolo Woods sekected/Cortona On the Move) 
 2024 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition Winner / Art of Nature Category
 2024 17th International Color Awards Nature Nominees
 2024 Travel Photographer of the Year 2023(TPOTY) Landscape & Environment category Best Single Image in a Portfolio
 2024 Travel Photographer of the Year 2023(TPOTY) Landscape & Environment category Commended (Portfolio)
 2024 World Photographic Cup 2024 (WPC2024) Japan National Team Nature / Landscape
 
 2023 Photolucida Critical Mass 2023 Top 50 『Summer Fairies』series
 2023 Nature's Best Photography International Awards/Highly Honored Landscape
 2023 Siena International Photo Awards 2023『Lights of Life』Remarkable Artwork/THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
 2023 PX3 2023 - SILVER Winner Professional - Book / Nature Category
 2023 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition Finalist / Art of Nature Category
 2023 Travel Photographer of the Year 2022(TPOTY) Green Planet, Blue Planet Category Highly Commended,Special Mention
 2023 Travel Photographer of the Year 2022(TPOTY) Deserts to Rainforests Category Special Mention
 2023 World Photographic Cup 2023 (WPC2023) Japan National Team Nature / Landscape
 2023 World Photographic Cup 2023 (WPC2023) Japan National Team Nature / Wildlife
 
 2022 Nature's Best Photography Asia 2021/Highly Honored Landscape
 2022 International Landscape of the Year 2021 (ILPOTY) TOP202+  
 2022 PX3 2022 - GOLD Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2022 TIFA 2022 - GOLD Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2022 TIFA 2022 - SILVER Winner Professional - Book / Nature Category
 2022 IPA 2022 - Honorable Mention Professional/Book,Fine Art
 
 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021/Highly Commended / Wetlands-The Bigger Picture
 2021 LensCulture Critics' Choice Award 2021 Winner (Critics' Pick/Chris Pichler selected/Nazraeli Press) 
 2021 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition Finalist / Landscapes, Waterscapes, and flora Category
 2021 Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021 Commended /Nature&Landscape

 2021 TIFA 2021 - GOLD Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2021 MIFA 2021 - SILVER Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2021 Smithsonian Magazine /Photo of the day21.Apr,2021
 2021 Monovisions Photography Awards 2021 Honorable Mention/Nature and Wildlife
 2021 FAPA(Fine Art Photography Awards) Nominee Professional - Nature
 2021 FAPA(Fine Art Photography Awards) Nominee Professional - Wildlife/Animals
 
 2020 Photoville FENCE the 9th edition national winner 『Summer Fairies』series
 2020 TIFA 2020 - GOLD Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2020 MIFA 2020 - GOLD Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2020 PX3 2020 - Bronze Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2020 PX3 2020 - Honorable Mention Professional - Nature/tree Category
 2020 BIFA 2020 - Bronze Winner Professional - Nature/ Trees Category
 2020 Smithsonian Magazine /Photo of the day/07.Apr,2020
 2020 Smithsonian Magazine /Photo of the day/05.Sep,2020
 2020 WPE Awards Silver Prize
 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020  Semi-Finalist
 2020 Smithsonian Photo Contest 2019 Semi-Finalist
 2020 FAPA(Fine Art Photography Awards) Nominee Professional - Night Photography
 
 2019 PX3 2019 - Silver Winner 2nd Prize Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2019 ONE EYELAND Landscape Photographers 2019 JAPAN RANK#1
 2019 ONE EYELAND Photography Awards 2018 Bronze
 2019 Bifa 2019 - Bronze Professional - Nature/ Trees Category
 2019 IPA 2019 - Honorable Mention Professional - Nature/seasons Category
 2019 FAPA(Fine Art Photography Awards) Nominee Professional - Landscape
 2019 第13回日本写真館賞 白鳥真太郎審査員特別賞
 2019 第65回全国展フォトコンテスト第一部入選
 2018 PX3 2018 - Silver Winner Professional - Nature/ Seasons Category
 2018 PX3 2018 - Bronze Winner Professional - Nature/ Water Category
 2018 PX3 2018 - Honorable Mention Professional - Nature/tree Category
 2018 IPA 2018 - Honorable Mention Professional - Nature/trees Category
 2018 ONeEyeland World’s Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2018 Photo Contest Bronze winner Professional - winter
 2017 WPC2018 Japan representative photographer
 2017 写真のワールドカップWPC2018日本代表
 2017 National geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest Finalist
 2017 第63回全国展フォトコンテスト第一部入選
 2017 第11回日本写真館賞第5部 優秀賞