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In a time of crisis, organizers of the eighth annual Kyotographie International Photography Festival say art can serve as a way to bring people together.

For nearly a decade, Kyotographie has featured the works of photographers both local and international, from critically-acclaimed artists to emerging young talent, in historic heritage sites and venues scattered across Japan’s ancient capital. Unlike previous editions of the event, however, this year’s festival, which is currently underway until Oct. 18, is being held in spaces such as private businesses and public locations due to the original locations becoming unavailable after organizers postponed the festival from April to September. The result is an art event fully reliant on and supported by the local community.

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