Born in Osaka, 1971, Shinya Arimoto currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Visual Arts Osaka in 1994, Arimoto received the 35th Taiyo Award in 1998 with his work Portrait of Tibet.
In 2008, he founded the Totem Pole Photo Gallery. Arimoto published Tokyo Circulation with Zen Foto Gallery in 2016 and won the 26th Tadahiko Hayashi Award as well as the Photographic Society of Japan’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Books: 1999 Portrait of Tibet (published by Visual Arts); 2016 Tokyo Circulation (published by Zen Foto Gallery); 2016 Shinya Arimoto (published by 0_100 Editions); 2019 Tibet (published by Zen Foto Gallery); 2020 Tokyo Debugger (published by Zen Foto Gallery).
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Quruli – Gunshikin no Theme (くるり – 軍資金のテーマ) from I Wish (OST). I Wish (奇跡) is a 2011 Japanese film edited, written, and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Shinya Arimoto’s third publication with Tokyo-based publisher Zen Foto Gallery is a deep dive into the world of bugs, critters and insects. Shot between 2010 and 2019, Arimoto travelled to the mountainous areas of Okutama and Hinohara – far away from the city but still part of Tokyo Prefecture – to capture moths, mantises, worms, spiders, snakes, frogs and other animals up close.
Brilliantly, Arimoto intersperses photographs of abandoned architecture as traces of past human activity, widening the scope of his series. For Arimoto, the city of Tokyo and these mountainous areas belong to different sides of the same coin, and insects – beings that clearly belong to a different realm of nature than us – transcend the boundaries between these sides, free to move back and forth between the two.
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