​Director's Profiles

 
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Everett Kennedy Brown

Founder & Director

A cross-cultural ambassador born in Washington, D.C., Everett has spent most of his adult life in Japan. He established the European Pressphoto Agency Japan bureau in 2003 and served as bureau chief for ten years. He also established Brownsfield farm, one of the leading sustainable living learning centers in Japan. He has taught at The University of Tokyo and Meiji University and has served as counselor for the Prime Minister's office and various government ministries.

As an artist he is recognized for his innovative approach to early photographic processes and his images are in the permanent collections of major international museums. He writes in Japanese and his books include: 日本力(Parco Publishing, co-authored with Seigo Matsuoka), Japanese Samurai Fashion (AkaAka Publishing), 失われゆく日本(Shogakkan Publishing), 先祖返りの国へ (Shobunsha Publishing), 京都派の遺伝子 (Tankosha Publising), Archaic Future (Harvest Publishing) and others.  He is the recipient of the Japanese Government's Commissioner's award for promoting Japanese culture.

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2021

  •  Start of the "Old and Noble Families of Kyoto" project.

  • A guest professor at Shizenkan University.

  • Fukui Brand Ambassador of Fukui Prefecture.

  • As the general director of the "Eiheiji Temple, ZEN Artist Residence" project in Eiheiji Town, Fukui Prefecture, held an exhibition at Tatami Museum.

  • Iwate Prefecture inbound revitalization project. Organized the exhibition "Iwate, the Last Frontier" in Tono City. 

2020

  • Certified by the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture as a member of the Research Promotion Committee on the "spirit and technique" of Japanese gardens.

  • Published new book "Archaic Future: Memories of One Connection" (Harvest Publishing)

  • Published new book "京都派の遺伝子(The Kyoto School genes: 15 people overseas creators) (Tankosha Publishing)

  • Published new book "先祖返りの国へ" (Shobunsha Publishing)

  • Exhibited "Japanese Noble Family Series" at Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo.

  • Exhibited landscape images at the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia.

  • Exhibited images based on Japanese mythological themes at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece.

  • A series of his essays on Kyoto artists was serialized in the Kyoto Shimbun "The Kyoto".

  • Broadcast "Photographer Focuses On A Spiritual Japan" on NHK World.