《SELF AND OTHERS》より「1977年」

Theme: Self and Others

Held every two years since 2008, the Shiogama Photo Festival provides various opportunities to see and experience Shiogama City in a different lens through photography. This festival brings professionals from the world of photography and the general public together with many community events such as exhibitions, public talks, and portfolio review.
For this edition, we focus on our relationships between the “self – me” and “others – you” – a major theme of interest among photographers since the early days of Japanese photography.

Wednesday March 7th through Sunday March 18th, 2018
*Closed on Monday March 12th

Sugimura Jun Museum of Art
Kyu Kamei Tei (Former Kamei House)
Birdo Space
Fureai Esupu Shiogama (Lifelong learning center)
Pizzeria La Gita

(All venues are located in Shiogama City, 30 minutes east of Sendai)

Admission Fee
800 yen (Festival pass with a map of venues)

By purchasing this pass at one of the venues you first visit, you can enter all exhibitions and events for free during the festival with it. In addition, this pass is only valid during this festival.
★ marked exhibitions are without admission.

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Shigeo Gocho Photo Exhibition “Shigeo Gocho – An intersection of glances”
Time: 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Location: Special exhibition room of Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art

(8-1 Motomachi, Shiogama City)
Shigeo Gocho was regarded as a photographer representing the Japanese contemporary photography movement in the 1970s and passed away at the age of 36. In his works, he had been seeking “the relationship between self and the world” and “the relationship between self and others” by shooting his family and friends, and the children he met in his daily life. This exhibition shows 40 works selected from his books “Days”, “Yonen no Toki – Childhood moments”, “SELF AND OTHERS” among others.

“Anata/Watashi – You/Me”
Time: 10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Location: Kyu Kamei Tei (Former Kamei House)

(5-5 Miyamachi, Shiogama City)
Exhibition of photographs by young photographers Mika Kitamura, Yuki Watanabe, Yusuke Hishida, and Daisuke Yokoyama under the theme of “self” and “others”.

Mizue Kitada Photo Exhibition “Because We Are A Single Skin”
Time: 10:00-17:00
Location: Birdo Space

(2-3-11 Minatomachi, Shiogama City)
This is Mizue Kitada’s exhibition featuring a collection of works which won the 2016 Shiogama Photo Festival Prize. You will find her fresh sensibilities through the women portraits of her generation, the natural scenery of her home prefecture of Wakayama, and her daily life with her family, including her dog.

★”SGMA Photo Club”
Time: 11:00-17:00

(1-1-16 Minatomachi, Shiogama City)
Cafe Danwashitsu on the 1st floor and the Museum Salon on the 2nd floor of the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art
(8-1 Motomachi, Shiogama City)
Works by members the of “SGMA Photo Club”, which has been active since 2017 and has a photographer Itaru Hirama as an advisor.

Note for Shokodo visitors: The works are displayed at the shooting studio of Shokodo. Please note that you may not see works during the shooting.

★”A Hundred Thoughts” The Exhibition for the Nikon Photo Book Project for Junior High School Students
10:00-18:00 Monday through Friday
10:00-17:00 Saturday and Sunday
Location: The Esupu Gallery of Fureai Esupu Shiogama

(9-1 Higashi-Tamagawa-cho, Shiogama City)
Exhibition of 100 photos taken by junior high school students in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures showcasing their feelings and thoughts.

Lunch and Tea time: 11:30-14:30
Dinner time: 17:30-21:00 (No tea time menu available at these hours)
Location: Pizzeria La Gita

(1-6-10 Minatomachi, Shiogama City)
*Closed on Monday March 12th.
*Tea time menu served only on weekdays.
*Please note that you may not enter if the entire restaurant is reserved at dinner time.
Exhibition of cat photos taken by Yuko Kawamura and needle felting works by Atsuko Sato.
You can also enjoy the restaurant’s special menu for the festival.

★ASSOCIATED EVENT: “311 POWER of LIFE” A live concert
Date and time: Sunday March 11th, 2018. Doors open at 17:00, concert starts at 17:30.
Location: Fureai Esupu Shiogama Hall

(9-1 Higashi-Tamagawa-cho, Shiogama City)
Without admission
Live concert organized by ATSUSHI, a member of Dragon Ash, who has been supporting Shiogama City since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. For more details, please visit