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Meet the Artist: Hiroki Kobayashi

Brooklyn Arts Council

Jun 2007

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August 1, 2012
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Featured Artist August 2012


Freelance Photographer / Fine Art and Documentary

Artist Statement

I use photography with an open mind. It is my tool for observing and understanding the people and places I encounter. Through the lens of my camera I look for deeper meanings in the stories of the subjects, in order to be honest and true to our times. Dignity can be found anywhere, and it is my goal to uncover the nuance and turmoil of any subject, and to share it.

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Brooklyn?

Hiroshima, Japan/ About 6 years

How long have you been a practicing artist?

About 10 years.

Who or what influenced your decision to become an artist?

Meeting people who do what they love.

What do/did your parents do for a living and were they supportive of you becoming an artist?

My father works in the TV industry in Japan, and my Mom raised my two younger sisters and me.  They are very supportive of me being an artist and photographer.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I went to a university in Tokyo and studied economics.  But I always loved traveling, anthropology and folklore.

What inspires you artistically?

I’m inspired by everything that surrounds me in my life.

Which other artists inspire you?

Clive Murphy, Richard Mosse, Pari Dukovic and more.

What’s your favorite place in Brooklyn to visit for inspiration?

Streets in the different neighborhoods…

Do you make a living from your art? If not, do you have a “day job” and what is it?

I work as a freelance photographer for a living.

How did you get started presenting your work publicly?

I got BAC grant in 2010 for my "Slave Theater" project, and had an exhibition at Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn. That was the first time I showed my own work publicly.


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