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      April 15, 2020

      Wednesday   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

      413 West 50th Street
      New York, New York 10019

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      Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award Grand Prize Winner

      A tribute to the unwavering spirit of working people – 20 years of reportage inside Asia.

      413 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      On View: April 14-18
      Opening Reception with Masashi Mitsui: Wednesday, April 15, 6-8p.m.

      Nikkei National Geographic Inc., in collaboration with Jadite Galleries, and Photographers Associates Tokyo, is pleased to present a solo exhibition celebrating the work of Japanese documentary photographer Masashi Mitsui, Grand Prize Winner of the Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award. The show presents Mitsui’s powerful images of workers inside Asia that reflect a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. This marks the photographer’s first exhibition in the United States.

      Traveling by motorbike to immerse himself in the local communities, Masashi Mitsui (born 1974, Kyoto City) has rode well over 70,000 miles visiting 39 countries, primarily in Asia. He rides from town to town without a fixed destination or a map to guide him. With minimum preparation, Mitsui allows himself to be guided by chance encounters with everyday people in remote locations that have not been documented by other professional photographers.

      Mitsui is drawn to ordinary working people—farmers, fishermen, blacksmiths and brick factory workers. Their work does not require the special skills of traditional craftsmen; instead, it is mostly simple and physical, and often taken for granted. Mitsui finds the people he meets during his travels, beautiful and inspiring. Working by the sweat of their brows, they embody for him a fundamental human vitality and spirit that is reflected in the assigned roles they play in their communities that have been passed down for generations. The essential meaning of “work” is to embrace one’s allotted role in life, and carry it out with pride and good will.

      The Main Room of Jadite Galleries will feature thirty-one photographs by Mitsui focusing on the diverse regions of India, along with several images taken in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Back East Room will feature nineteen images concentrating on Mitsui’s work in Rohingya Village in Myanmar.

      About the Photographer: Masashi Mitsui was born in Kyoto City, Kyoto in 1974, and currently lives in Tokyo. After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University in 1998, he worked for two years at a precision machinery manufacturer, Dainippon Screen Co. Ltd. (now SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.) as an engineer. In December 2000 – October 2001, Mitsui decided to follow his passion and pursue a career as a photographer. He traveled to 39 countries, mainly in Asia, by motorcycle, documenting the lives of ordinary people who captured his admiration and imagination. He also writes and gives lectures based on his experiences during his travels capturing a way of life that is disappearing. Mitsui won the grand prize for the 2018 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award. He has published over five photo books. His work has been shown at Canon Gallery in Ginza, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Fukuoka and at Sony Imaging Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.
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      Cost: Free -

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