Foto8 and HOST Gallery are pleased to announce that the award for ‘Best in Show’at the Foto8 Summer Show 2008 will go to…

Guido Castagnoli for his image: Street to the main station, Shimada City, Japan 2007 from the series “Provincial Japan”.

The panel of judges were impressed by the high standard and diversity of all the selected entries. They were particularly drawn to the colouring and mysterious 1950s, bleached effect of Castagnoli’s print, commenting: “This is an image that will continue to be intriguing each time one looks at it. It is both strange and beautiful.”

© Guido Castagnoli
Guido Castagnoli Courtesy Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York City
Street to the main station, Shimada City, Japan 2007
55 x 70 cm, Giclee Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl, white, box-wood frame.


Guido Castagnoli was born in Turin Italy in 1976. He lives and works in Genoa. The series from which this winning images was taken, Provincial Japan was made in Shizuka prefecture in Spring 2007. The work explores the urban landscape of small towns and challenges the stereotypes people have of contemporary Japan.

Jon Levy – Director, Foto8
Steve MacLeod – Founder, Argento Imaging
Di Poole – Gallery Manager, Atlas Gallery
Ken Grant – Course Leader, University of Wales College, Newport
Chris Boot – Publisher, Chris Boot Books
Zelda Cheatle – Photography Fund Manager and Gallerist

The Foto8 Summer Show at HOST is an open print fair and annual show of new works by photographers. In 2008 Foto8 received over 1,800 image entries from 38 countries. These were edited down to 164, which form the exhibition at HOST Gallery.
Photographers were invited to submit their framed prints for the final display. The Summer Show Launch Night on 22 July drew a crowd of 400 photography lovers to the gallery, spilling out onto Honduras Street. The exhibition remains open until 31 August 2008 and visitors are invited to challenge the judges’ decision by voting for their own favourite image to receive the ‘People’s Choice Award’. All works on display are for sale.