Invitation to RICOH Photo Gallery RING CUBE Exhibition of Prize-winning Entries from Project Basho Photograph Competition "ONWARD"

Mar 30, 2011, 01:00 ET from Ricoh Co., Ltd.

TOKYO, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of prize-winning works from the Project Basho photography competition "ONWARD" on May 4, 2011, at the RICOH Photo Gallery RING CUBE in Tokyo's Ginza.


Run by the Project Basho Photography Center in Philadelphia in the United States since 2007, ONWARD is an annual photography competition that receives entries from around the world including the US and Japan for the purpose of promoting emerging photographers. The competition has been held every autumn and invited entries of works that challenge new possibilities in artistic photography.

RING CUBE will show 70 prize-winning works (from 63 photographers - among them the 2 grand prize winners -- including 3 Japanese photographers) selected by the juror, Larry Fink, from among about 2,300 entries. The two grand prize winners and Mr. Tsuyoshi Ito, director of Project Basho, are expected to attend the event in Japan and a portfolio preview is planned to be held by Mr. Larry Fink during the event.

For Ricoh, RING CUBE is more than just a "place to show and appreciate photographs." RING CUBE aims to be a spot that opens up all the possibilities of photography, a place where people who contemplate self-expression through photographs can congregate and enjoy photographs. RING CUBE will continue to hold events that showcase a wide variety of photographers, both professional and amateur.

[About Project Basho]

Project Basho is a photography resource center located in Philadelphia, the USA. It was started in 2002 by Mr. Tsuyoshi Ito as a "place - basho in Japanese" to gather for the people who are interested in photography.

Project Basho is committed to reintroducing photography to the community by providing a space that is conducive to the advancement of the medium and by fostering a vibrant culture of photography through an array of educational programs.

With the community darkroom as the locus of the program and the gallery space, Project Basho manages exhibitions and competitions as well as introductory and advanced classes and specialized workshops in photography and destination trips for photographers to experience culture through photography.

[About Project Basho's "ONWARD" Photo competition]

"ONWARD" is an annual juried photography competition organized by "Project Basho" for exclusively featuring the works of emerging photographers every autumn. It was started in 2007 and it has invited powerful photographers in the US photography field as jurors such as Andrea Modica and Debbie Fleming Caffery.

"ONWARD" offers young photographers the opportunity to present their vision and talent to a broad audience in the US, and collects a number of applicants. Photographs selected by jurors are featured internationally in a group exhibition at the Project Basho Gallery as well as at the ONWARD online gallery, and photographers have the chance to foster and grow a vibrant and rich photography community. ONWARD '11 is the first year that we are translating our submission guidelines into Japanese and Spanish in addition to English in order to build upon that international success and to further our global reach.

[About Juror photographer Larry Fink]

American photographer Larry Fink is a very prolific fine art, commercial and documentary photographer and educator with a career that spans over 40 years. Mr. Fink's work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of Modern Art; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Musee de la Lausanne Photographie in Belgium; and the Musee de l'Elysee in Switzerland. He was also awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979. Mr. Fink is best known for "Social Graces," his work that sheds light on the dichotomy between the New York elite and a working-class America.

[Exhibition Details]
Title: Exhibition of prize-winning photographs from Project Basho ONWARD Photography Competition
Host:  Ricoh Corporation
Date:  Wednesday, May 4 to Sunday, May 22, 2011 (Except when gallery is closed)
Spot:  RICOH Photo Gallery RING CUBE Gallery Zone
Location: San-Ai Dream Center 8F/9F, 5-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Reception 9F)
Tel: +81-3-3289-1521
Open: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (final day until 5:00 pm)
Closed Tuesdays
Admission: Free

Mieko Wada
Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Tel: +81-3-3289-1521

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