Now through May 6th the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum will be showing a collection of over 600 photographs by daily-life photographer Kayo Ume. Immensely popular and imbued with a terrific sense of humor, Ume’s photography captures the absurdity of everyday life.

(Photo Source)

梅佳代 (UME KAYO)
Kayo Ume was born in 1981 in Ishikawa Prefecture and grew up in the countryside of the Noto Peninsula.
The Bandaijima exhibition features works from throughout her career, starting with some of her earliest snapshots leading up to several previously unreleased photographs. To get a taste of some of the images, check out the Bandaijima Art Museum’s website, or this awesome page set up on Canon’s Japanese website. The exhibition itself is divided up into 6 sections (“Boys,” “Jr. High School Girls,” “Shutter Chance Pt. 1,” “Noto,” “Long Live Grandpa!” and “Shutter Chance Pt. 2”).

Artist Talk & Signing: On Saturday, April 26th (14:00 ~) Kayo Ume will come to give a talk and sign photo collections. No reservations necessary. Seats will go to the first 50 people to show up.

Photo Collections:
2006 – 『うめめ』 (“Ume-me”)
2007 – 『男子』 (danshi, “Boys”)
2008 – 『じいちゃんさま』 (jii-chan-sama, translated as “Long Live Grandpa!”)
2010 – 『うめっぷ』 (“Umep”)
2013 – 『のと』 (“Noto”)

2000 – Canon New Cosmos of Photography Honorable Mention for 男子(“Boys”)
2001 – Canon New Cosmos of Photography for 女子中学生 (“Jr. High School Girls”)
2006 – Kimura Ihei Award for Umeme (Ume’s first photo collection)

Exhibit & Event Information

Exhibition Duration: March 15th ~ May 6th
Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00

General Admission:                         800JPY
University/High School Students:     600JPY
Jr. High Students and Younger:         FREE

For more information see the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum Website (English Information Available)

Location: Toki Messe 5F


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