Picture of My Life

Companyceiba editions
PhotographerJunpei Ueda
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

"Suicide has become a very important issue for me in recent years. After all, it’s one of the major social concerns in Japan right now. But despite its presence in society, this sensitive subject is almost impossible to visualize, which makes it hard to justify creating a visual narrative around it. As I have been always interested in the relationship between photographers and their subjects, my personal research onto representations of suicide drew me towards people who had experienced the trauma close at hand. When I met Junpei, he was still dealing with the loss of both his parents, I knew I wanted to help in the process of making the book. Given how strong it turned out, I am just happy to be part of the project.” - Yumi Goto