In his work, Tokyo-based Shinya Arimoto has continued to photograph people and the environments in which they live, whether through portraits or street snaps. His latest series “Tokyo Strut”, mainly shot in Shinjuku, the urban subcenter that is home to Japan’s most frequented train station, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, countless bars and nightlife joints, expensive brand shops, cheap eateries, and Tokyo’s most vibrant gay quarter. Arimoto, who considers himself an outsider, perhaps even a misfit in relation to Japan’s societal expectations, shines a light on those who make Tokyo into a city – the interesting characters, the weird ones, those with enough attitude and the courage to show and live it. In a mix of impromptu portraits and snapshot photos, Arimoto builds a vibrant mosaic of characters and sights, always shot with a keen eye and sincere respect.

-Book Size
200 × 200 mm
168 pages, 149 images
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English, Japanese

Artist Profile


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) and “TIBET” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2019). Actively presenting his work in and out of Japan, he held a solo show at Le Plac'Art Photo, Paris in 2017 and participated in the group exhibition “Am Rand der Gesellschaft. Barlach – Springer – Arimoto” at Museum Bautzen, Germany in 2019.

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