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Akira Takaue Photo Exhibition Theoretical Urban-Visionology "RESTARTED"
- the integration of fine art and urbanscape/architectural structures -

This exhibition reorganizes a previous exhibition that was interrupted when the gallery had to be closed due to the declaration of a Covid-19 state of emergency in March 2020.

Being an architect and professional bridge engineer, I have pursued “architectural photography as a fine art” by adding a “surrealistic touch” to a theoretically precise “composition” of an urban landscape or structure using various photographic techniques such as day-time long exposure. This exhibit both summarizes my efforts over the past ten years to sonorously integrate theoretical “perspective and composition” with “artistic expression” and, because it includes many new and unshown works, aims to further elevate this genre of photography for the potential it has for inspiring new urban landscapes and structures.

Printing paper: Canson Infinity by Maruman Corp.

Akira Takaue Profile

Photographer, Ph.D., Dr. Eng., Class-1 Architect, Registered Professional Engineer. Jp

Photographs urban landscapes and civil engineering works around the world with the eye of a professional architect/engineer. Specializes in “architectural photography as a fine art” that adds artistic components to logically precise compositions as defined by structural engineering and landscape theories.

Is highly acclaimed around the world as a photographer, having received numerous awards including the Architecture Photographer of the Year in the Non-Professional category at the 2013 International Photography Awards (Carnegie Hall, New York) and 2nd Place in the National Awards for Japan at the Sony World Photography Awards.

In recent years, has shown and sold his work through solo and cyclic exhibits at commercial galleries, contributed works and articles to magazines and other publications inside and outside Japan, and served as a photography curator and judge for international photo contests like the Tokyo International Photo Awards.

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【AWARDS】

2019

Bronze:ONE EYELAND World’s Top 10 Black & White Photo Contest 2019:Architecture - Professional category

2018

Gold Medal:TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2018:Architecture and Sights category, Austria

2017

1st & 3rd Place:International Photography Awards:Bridge/Architecture - Professional category, USA
Silver:Moscow International Foto Awards:Bridge/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Silver:Moscow International Foto Awards:Cityscape/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Finalist:SIENA International Photo Awards, UK

2016

3rd Place:Fine Art Photography Awards, USA

2015

Gold Star:ND Awards, USA
Silver:Moscow International Foto Awards:Bridge/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Silver:Moscow International Foto Awards:Cityscape/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Short List:London International Creative Competition, UK
2nd Place:2015 Sony World Photography Awards:National Awards for Japan, Japan
Commended:2015 Sony World Photography Awards:Open category, Japan

2014

Finalist:The Photographer of the Year Awards:Moscow International Foto Awards, Russia
Architecture Photographer of the Year:Moscow International Foto Awards:Professional category, Russia
Bronze:Moscow International Foto Awards:Bridge/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Gold:Moscow International Foto Awards:Cityscape/Architecture - Professional category, Russia
Gold:at (en)Visionography B&W Fine Art Photography Contest, Greece
Honorable Mention:International Photography Awards:Other/Advertising - Professional category, USA
Gold:Artfreelife.com Contest:Architecture category

2013

Finalist:The Discovery of the Year Award:11th Annual Lucie Awards Honor Photographers, New York (Carnegie Hall)
Architecture Photographer of the Year:International Photography Awards:Non-Professional category, USA
1st Place:International Photography Awards:Other/Architecture - Non-Professional category, USA
1st Place:International Photography Awards:Cityscapes/Architecture - Non-Professional category, USA
1st Place:International Photography Awards:Building/Architecture - Non-Professional category, USA
3rd Place:The 7th annual Px3 competition, France

2012

1st Prize:1x.com Photo Awards:Architecture category, Sweden
Finalist:National Geographic Photo Contest, USA
Finalist:World Open of photography, USA

【PUBLICATION/INTERVIEW/ACTIVITY】

2019

Chiiz Magazine Feature Interview, India
Feature: “Conceptual Urbanscapes II”, Nippon Camera, Japan
“La Fotografia Magazine” Feature Interview, Spain
“LE Magazine No.6” Authored Article, UK

2018

“LE Magazine Annual Book”, UK
“LE Magazine No.4” Authored Article, UK
“LE Magazine No.3” Authored Article, UK
“LF Magazine” Feature Interview, France
"Vietnam - Japan Project Economic and Cultural Exchange Festival, Vietnam
"Island Gallery Official Calendar 2019, Japan
"Lens Magazine Issue 45”, Feature Interview

2017

“DFUN” Feature Interview, Taiwan
“BLACK MAGAZINE” Feature Interview, Germany
"Practice Photography”, Feature Interview, UK
"CAMERAPIXO INSPIRE 19, UK
"Edge of Humanity Magazine”, Feature Interview, Japan

2016

“VISIONS” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden
"Lens Magazine Issue 21”, Feature Interview
"EL PAÍS”, Feature Interview, Spain
"CAMERAPIXO, UK
PhotoBlog.HK Interview, Hong Kong

2015

”Lens Magazine Issue 15”, Feature Interview
” ArabPx Magazine”, Feature Interview
“MEMENTO” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden

2014

“PENTAPRISM ISSUE 3”, Italy
“The Camera” in ARCSPACE.com, Feature Interview, Denmark
“MONO” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden
"CAMERAPIXO (en) Visionography, UK
"International Photography Award Winners Book”, USA

2013

“Photographic Visions” 1x.com, Technical Tutorial, Sweden
“CAMERAPIXO Lost and Found”, UK
“Stark-Magazine-Issue 16” Feature Interview, USA
“PASSION” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden
“Camera”, Art Magazine, Feature Interview, Germany
“Dodho Magazine Issue 8” Netherlands

2012

“Fotoblur Magazine Issue 9”, Canada
“CAMERAPIXO Issue21”, UK
“LENSA MAGAZINE #4”, Indonesia
“NOWORDS” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden

2011

“Fotoblur Magazine Issue 9”, Canada

2010

“In Pursuit of the Sublime” 1x.com Year Book, Sweden

【EXHIBITION】

Group:
“Small Works: A Journey through Art Started from a Window”, Island Gallery, Japan, 2019
Group:
“At Summerʼs End and Fallʼs Beginning”, Island Gallery, Japan, 2019
Solo:
“Conceptual Urbanscapes II”, Island Gallery, Japan, 2019
Group:
International Photography Award Best of Show Exhibition, New York, 2018
Group:
10 Colors, Island Gallery, Japan, 2017
Solo:
“Conceptual Urbanscapes”, Island Gallery, Japan, 2016
Group:
Moscow Int‘l Foto Awards Best of Show Exhibition, Rooftop Gallery, Bangkok, 2014
Group:
International Photography Award Best of Show Exhibition, New York, 2014
Group:
Juried Photography Exhibition URBAN LANDSCAPE, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, 2013
Group:
Hurbanism, Hariviera Gallery, Israel, 2012