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Autoportrait en poulpe, 2009 by David Favrod

An entrancing, sometimes hallucinatory collection of images, Gaijin is a tool in photographer David Favrod’s quest for identity.  The Second Edition 2012 Hot Shot and Aperture Portfolio Prize–winner has lived in Switzerland for most of his life, but was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Swiss father; he created Gaijin after the Japanese embassy in Switzerland denied his citizenship request.  “The aim of this work is to create ‘my own Japan’ in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents’ war narratives,” says Favrod.

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Sadako, 2009 by David Favrod

Hey, Hot Shot! Second Edition 2012 Contender David Favrod

Contender David Favrod’s dreamy series, Gaijin, is no stranger to people who are familiar with emerging fine art photographers—it was selected for an Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. But we at HHS! are still more than happy to see his submission popping up with some new images, allowing us to introduce the work to our readers. Read more.