For the third consecutive year, CHI-KA, in collaboration with Tokyo-based Einstein Studio, is pleased to present its exhibition NEW JAPAN PHOTO - ISSUE 7, alongside winners of the prestigious ‘JAPAN PHOTO AWARD’.

CHI-KA will host a curated selection of 100 wildly interesting works from the latest NEW JAPAN PHOTO - the catalogue of up and coming Japanese photographers, which aims to connect the photographers to gallerists, collectors, critics and publishers around the world. The selection of 100 original limited edition artist works are reasonably priced at AED160 each (in <A4 format). Acquisition of works is on a first come first served basis.

Shown alongside New Japan Photo works will be larger format images that won the esteemed JAPAN PHOTO AWARD - an annual competition and award bringing together emerging and award-winning Japanese photographers leaving a mark on the contemporary fine art photography scene in Tokyo and beyond. The Award, which started in 2013 by Einstein Studio, is currently the largest photography award in Japan, with over 5000 participants.

This year’s jury members include established curators and editors, such as: 

  • David Toro, founding member of The New York based DIS, a streaming platform for entertainment and education. They enlist leading artists and thinkers to expand the reach of key conversations bubbling up through contemporary art, culture, activism, philosophy, and technology. 

  • Emilia van Linden, artistic director of Unseen, the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, the platform provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work.  known as the platform of modern photography.

  • Charlotte Cotton, curator, writer and creative consultant who has explored photographic culture for over twenty years. She has held positions including curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • Bruno Kezhel, a lecturer at the London University of the Arts, and Founder of "Self Publish, Be Happy", an organization dedicated to shaping contemporary photography and visual culture.

  • Mutsumi Ota, IMA Editorial Director. Furthermore, she is involved in publication editing and museum catalogue production.

Previously, winners of the Japan Photo Award were acquired by Prada Foundation as well as the Hermès Foundation, held solo exhibitions around the world, were recognized and awarded by Vogue Italia as ‘photo of the year’, graced the covers of international magazines and collaborated with renowned fashion designers like Issey Miyake. 

Prices of original artists’ works start at AED160.

The exhibition will also have on display a series of publications by Einstein Studio, featuring a collection of photography introducing Japanese talent, and presented yearly at international art book fairs ; Art Book Fair Basel, NY Art Book Fair, Paris Photo, LA Art Book Fair, Stockholm Art Book Fair, and UNSEEN

The opening of ‘New Japan Photo - Issue 6 & 7’ coincides with Alserkal Avenue’s ‘Quoz Arts Fest‘ (Jan 25 & 26, 2019). The exhibition is also a part of GPP Photo Week 2017 (Feb 4-9, 2019) - MENA's longest-running international photography festival, organised by Dubai-based Gulf Photo Plus.


Since its start in 2013, the award has grown into one of the biggest photography competition with the highest number of participants in Japan. Welcoming well established curators and editors such as Simon Baker (Tate’s Senior Curator of Photography), Charlotte Cotton (curator and writer on photography) and others as the jurors.

The winners of the award have collaborated with ISSEY MIYAKE, held solo exhibition and collected the work at Fondazione Prada, collected a work at La Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, and other successes in the art world.