Current Exhibition & New Release: Shinya Arimoto "TIBET"
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Shinya Arimoto "TIBET"

会期 Dates: 2019.4.5 ── 4.27

『TOKYO CIRCULATION』など、都市のスナップショットで知られる有元伸也ですが、デビュー作となったのはチベットを長期にわたり撮影した作品でした。当時まだ20代だった有元が、中国・インド・ネパールの国境を越えて拡がるチベット文化圏を駆け巡り、そこで出会った人々と寝食を共にしながら撮影した瑞々しいモノクロ作品を展示いたします。また会期に合わせて、長らく絶版となっていた有元のファーストフォトブックである『西藏より肖像』(1999年・ビジュアルアーツ刊)を新装版として再編、未発表作を追加収録し『TIBET』と改題して刊行いたしました。

Arimoto is known for his street portraiture “Tokyo Circulation”, but his first body of work was actually taken in Tibet over an extended period of time. Arimoto, in his 20s, ventured the Tibetan Culture Area that included parts of China, India and Nepal and took these fresh and vibrant works in monochrome as he shared meals and living space with the people he met in Tibet. To accompany this exhibition, Zen Foto published a new edition of Arimoto’s first and long out-of-print photobook Portrait of Tibet (published by Visual Arts, 1999) under the title TIBET, which includes a number of previously unpublished works. 

有元伸也|1971年大阪府生まれ。1994年ビジュアルアーツ専門学校大阪卒業。1998年「西藏より肖像」にて第35回太陽賞を受賞し、翌年ビジュアルアーツより同名写真集を刊行した。2008年にTOTEM POLE PHOTO GALLERYを設立。2016年に 『TOKYO CIRCULATION』を禅フォトギャラリーより刊行し、第26回林忠彦賞と2017年日本写真協会作家賞を受賞した。 その他の主な著作に『ariphoto selection』No.1~10 (TOTEM POLE PHOTO GALLERY)がある。

Shinya Arimoto|Born in Osaka, 1971, 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. His other publications include “ariphoto selection” (No. 1-10, Totem Pole Photo Gallery).



“In 1994, while still in my early 20’s and fresh out of photo school I went to India to photograph. Six months into my travels the backpack in which I was keeping my exposed film - over 150 rolls - was stolen. This incident ultimately signified a turning point in my understanding about photography which continues to this day. Soon after this I went to Nepal. In Kathmandu, I encountered a Tibetan family who were on a pilgrimage to Dharamsala. My relationship with this family grew as we shared meals and our living space. As the days passed I began to feel a strong desire to see their homeland with my own eyes. Soon after however, my neglected health caught up with me and I was hospitalized with hepatitis. A further examination diagnosed a heart condition and I was forced to return home to Japan.
My condition improved after returning to Japan. Once I had recovered I found work as a day laborer to save money for a trip to Tibet. Reading up on the country and studying the language consumed me as the days passed. One year later, in 1996, I set foot in Tibet. I’ll never forget that thrill. Everything that had happened so far - every coincidence, incident, and tribulation, had brought me to this point.
Looking back I realize that most of my twenties were spent with Tibet. Having started out as an empty vessel, it was Tibet and my experiences there that made me full.” ー Shinya Arimoto


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