Kyotographie co-founders and directors Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi started the event in 2013 to promote the medium of photography in Kyoto after a visit to the Rencontres d’Arles, an annual summer photo festival in France. They were determined to create a comparable event in Japan that would bring together people from around the world. Kyotographie is now a growing international photography festival in Japan, held over four weeks at the height of the spring season in Kyoto. It features over 20 widely recognized international photographers across 15 venues, and fosters opportunities for emerging photographers through its satellite program, KG+. The spaces of Kyotographie guide visitors through iconic traditional Japanese and contemporary buildings of the old capital, some of which are otherwise inaccessible to the public.