Sybilla Patrizia is an Austrian-born photographer and filmmaker based in Tokyo. She works in the fields of photography, documentary film, editorial- and web design. Please get in touch and say hello at
In her work as a documentary photographer, Sybilla has covered social and political topics such as the struggles of the Tibetan Diaspora in Northern India and the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. In her 2017 project “Strawberry Jam,” she explores the fetishisation of and obsession with youthfulness and cuteness in contemporary Japanese mainstream culture through the observation of gender roles in Japanese media, fashion and society. The project has been published by VICE as well as TW Magazine and was exhibited at the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo in 2018. Her latest project “State of Glory,” which looks at Japan’s cherry blossom craze, was featured on AnOther Magazine in 2019.
In 2011, Sybilla was awarded a gold medal at the “Austrian Youth Championship of Photography” and was included in the 2016 “Smashbox Emerging Photographers Showcase” in London, hosted by photographer Davis Factor. Her work has been published and exhibited in Germany, Austria, the USA, Japan and the UK.
Sybilla is also the founder and CEO of WHEN IN TOKYO - Tokyo’s only dedicated art, design and architecture guide.
VICE | AnOther Magazine | The Sunday Telegraph | Tokyo Weekender | Sicky Magazne | Schön! Magazine | HUF Magazine | Teeth Magazine | Superior Magazine | Kaltblut | Hedonist Magazine | Suitcase Magazine | Noctis Magazine | Le Mile Magazine | Atlas Magazine | F-Stop | Wirtschaftszeit
2018, Austrian Embassy Tokyo, Strawberry Jam, Solo-Exhibition
2018, Geidai Art Book Fair Tokyo, Strawberry Jam Book
2017, The Old Truman Brewery, Photomasters London, Group Exhibition2016, Ambika P3 Gallery, Graduation Group Exhibition, London 2016, Smashbox Emerging Photographers Showcase hosted by Davis Factor, London 2015, Belfast Photo Fringe, Belfast, UK, Group Exhibition2015, London Gallery West, Group Exhibition, London 2011-2012, National Youth Photography Championship Winners, Volksbanken Austria (various locations), Group Exhibition
Tokyo University of the Arts
MA Film Production
2019 - 2021
Intermedia Art (Research Student)
2017 - 2019
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Japanese Preparatory Language Program (Monbukagakusho Scholar)
April - July 2017
University of Westminster, London
BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice, Photography/Video
2013 - 2016
First Class Honours
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
September - December 2014
ELLE Magazine, London
LOVE Magazine, London
Tokyo Weekender Magazine
LHA-Charitable Trust, McLeod Ganj, India
Tibet Foundation, London
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