PechaKucha is a presentation style that gives presenters exactly 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to get their point across. Designed by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003, what started as a weekly show-and-tell format at their firm has become a world-wide presentation phenomenon that recently broke into the world of photography.
If the presentation format sounds familiar, that’s because it’s not the only such format in existence. Ignite events have been doing something similar, albeit shorter (20 slides at only 15 seconds per slide), since 2006. But both presentation styles serve the same purpose: they’re meant to force the presenter to condense their subject to the bare essentials and spark interest in ideas.
Here’s a selection of photography-related PechaKucha presentations:
As far as photography is concerned, according to an article in the British Journal of Photography, PechaKucha presentations were implemented for the first time at last year’s Paris Photo in November to overwhelming praise. In only an hour, the crowd had heard from eight of the biggest names in contemporary photography — leaving them, in a word, “exhilarated.” We don’t blame them.
If you want to see more PechaKucha style presentations on subjects ranging from photography and art to preservation and “NERDity,” head over to the PechaKucha 20×20 website by clicking here.