Tokyo Monogatari

Tokyo Monogatari A photography project by Ilse Leenders

Using the streets of Tokyo to create visual synthesis of traditional Japanese cultural aspects.

“Tokyo Monogatari is a personal project inspired by the typical aspects of the daily contemporary life, and the traditional cultural heritage of Tokyo.

The atmosphere of the city is visualised by the synthesis of these different elements. The series expresses the habitual rituals of the citizens of Tokyo nowadays, and the exaggeration of bodily shapes drawn in the ancient manga of Hokusai.

These are shown in the movements of the performers in Noh – and Kabuki theatre, but also the ‘hidden’ puppeteers of Bunraku, in a photographic manner.” – Ilse Leenders

– Based in the Netherlands, photographer Ilse Leenders interferes in land- or cityscapes and uses the artificial nature as a ‘stage’ to create theatre-like modern story.

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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