Shinya Arimoto “Tokyo Circulation”
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Shiny Arimoto’s keen interest in human beings and their living environment has run through his photography since the beginning. Wandering the streets of ever-transforming cities, he perceived a somewhat primitive form of life, and began to seek to capture it. In the earliest days, taking pictures of the Tibetan people and landscape was central to his photography. However, having felt that ‘photographers are meant to shoot the ground beneath their feet’, he moved to Tokyo. Since 2006, he has continued to photograph the city of Tokyo, which grew into the ‘Ariphoto’ series.
Aiming at capturing what might be called the ‘city image’ composed of a variety of elements of the city, ranging from the liner-shaped architectural elements to the residents or passengers, his curiosity has centred upon Shinjuku, the country’s biggest and most crowded terminus, as well as a relatively new centre of the capital, Tokyo. He then began to take pictures of its everyday scenes. Rather than representing the stereotypical image of Shinjuku, such as ‘sex town’ or ‘mafia-run town’ attributed to Kabuki-cho, he has tried to create a multifaceted portrait of Tokyo, producing abundant city images that contain every possible element, from architectures to people, which slip through our categorization.
Another notable characteristic of the work of Arimoto is the ‘selection’ process. The series has been periodically reviewed and reorganized by the photographer himself, and the selected works were exhibited at his Totem Pole Gallery several times each year. Through this cycle, he has repeatedly reexamined not only his works, but also his artistic development, attitude and stance of taking photography, as well as the theme; human beings and their living environment in an endless process of transformation.
from July 02, 2016 to August 03, 2016