Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology at University, he began his career in 2006.
His first long-term project “MATAGI” focused on Japanese ancient tribe in Nigata prefecture for 5 years was published in 2012. In the same year he participated in World press photo Joop swart masterclass.
These past couple of years he has been based in Japan while also covering China and India. He tries to describe how he felt on the ground between the subject and himself in order to reconstruct the interaction in his images.
He is very much interested in putting his works on paper be it photobooks or exhibitions that gives that human touch.
5-18-4 Sakasai, Kashiwa city, Chiba Japan 277-0042
In 1982, Hajime Kimura was born in Chiba prefecture next to Tokyo. In 2005, he graduated from architecture at Shibaura institute of technology in Tokyo. Since 2006 he has been actively photographed Asian countries, including China, India and Japan. Kimura wishes to express the invisible reality of human existence in the world with photography, and aspires to commit to his subject as hard as possible. His works has been exhibited and published world wide.
2011 TDPW(Tokyo Documentary photo workshop) Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “Japan society for art of photography prize”, Ueno Hikoma Award, Fukuoka,
2011 Eddie Adams Workshop, New York, USA
2012 “FOTO VISURA select award” Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 “Kyushu Sangyo university prize”, Ueno Hikoma Award, Fukuoka, Japan
2013 “2nd prize, Vattenfall photo award” Berlin, Germany
2011 “Sequence of Drug”, Invisible photographers Asia, Singapore
2011 Solitary project", Bursa photo festival, Bursa, Turkey
2011 "Solitary", Angkor photo festival, Siem reap, Cambodia
2011 “Ueno Hikoma Awards Exhibition”, Museum of Kyushu Sangyo university, Fukuoka, Japan
2012 Solo Exhibition “Yamadachi”, Konica Minolta Photo Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Man and dog", Bursa photo festival, Bursa, Turkey
2012 "MATAGI", Angkor photo festival, Siem reap, Cambodia
2013 Solo Exhibition “KODAMA” Reminders-Photography-Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Group Exhibition “His Traces” C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2013 Group Exhibition “Tracks” Format International Photo Festival, Derby, UK
2012 First photo book “KODAMA” by Mado-sha, Tokyo