Photographers of Japan
Vol.7 "KISEI KOBAYASHI (1968-)"
After graduation from the Department of Photography, Tokyo Polytechnic University in 1988, Kisei KOBAYASHI from Suwa city, Nagano, worked for Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper as a photographer. Three and a half years later, he was exhausted with suffocating routine work, handed in his resignation and went on a wandering journey to Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, India and other countries. His first book "ASIAN JAPANESE (1995)" with his writings and photographs made a major success of selling over a hundred thousand copies, which is unusual success for this kind of books at this time.
Since then, starting with "ASIAN JAPANESE 2 (1996)", "ASIAN JAPANESE 3 (2000)", KOBAYASHI published photo books, essays and novels successively and came to represent the lifestyle of young people of his generation. From the year of 2000 to 2002, he stayed in New York and happened to witness the "9/11" terrorist attacks closely. A state of shock at that time is compiled in his photo book "days new york (2003)".
KOBAYASHI's photos and writings until that time were supported by compassion for anonymous young people of his generation and his work is a statement of relationship with them, written sensitively with "life-size" friendly style. That is certainly the work widely accepted by the public, but on the other hand it is undeniable that there is something missing in terms of depth and power of expression. However, from the mid-2000, he reconsidered himself and, having gone back to his roots, he was then able to look for a more powerful way of expression.
The recording of ceremonies and festivals in various regions of Japan, such as "Onbashirasai" festival - taking place once every seven years in Suwa city, his hometown - turned out to be a catalyst. In 1999, he had already published a photo book "homeland" compiling photographs taken before and after "Onbashirasai" festival and, in recent years, his focus has widen to the whole of Japan. After the release of his photo book "KEMONOMICHI (2013)", he was awarded the 22nd Hayashi Tadahiko prize for the "Toku kara kita Fune (Boat coming from a distance) (2013)" photo exhibition. Furthermore, "Memoir FURUYA Seiichi tono 20 nen (Memoir - 20 years with Seiichi FURUYA)(2012)", which confront himself with the companionship of Seiichi FURUYA, a fellow photographer living in Austria, and dealing with the meaning of "being a photographer" received publicity as a challenging non-fiction.
KOBAYASHI has overcome a barrier and is going to challenge an unknown further possibility as a photographer and a writer.
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