Shinya Arimoto, 1971, Japan, is a conceptual documentary photographer who studied at the School of Visual Arts in Osaka. Within his body of work there is a lot of street photography containing images of structures, objects, women and homeless people. In contrast to a lot of other street photographers he does not just snap his camera but carefully creates the images showing a photographer who communicates with his subjects. The world he shows us is chaotic and vibrant yet he manages to create a sense of calm within his photographs. His story-telling images are well-composed, sensitive and intimate. His work has been exhibited on numerous occasions in Japan.All about Shinya Arimoto:AAP: When did you realize you wanted to be a photographer?
After viewing Masatoshi Naito’s photo book TOKYO while in high school.AAP: Where did you study photography?
I studied the photography at the School of Visual Arts in Osaka. My teacher at that time was the photographer Mr. Shunji Dodo. I have a high regard for him.AAP:Do you have a mentor or role model?
Mr. Shunji Dodo has remained my teacher and mentor ever since my student days.AAP: How long have you been a photographer?
It’s been 20 years since I became the freelance photographer.AAP: Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
I still remember when I spoke to a stranger for the first time on the street and took a photograph.AAP: What or who inspires you?
The streets of Tokyo which are changing every day.AAP: How could you describe your style?
Traditional street photography.AAP: Do you have a favorite photograph or series?
It is a "ariphoto" series of ongoing. www.flickr.comAAP: What kind of gear do you use? Camera, lens, digital, film?
I use medium format film cameras. Mainly a Rolleiflex 2.8F, a Hasselblad 903SWC and a Mamiya RZ67.AAP: Do you spend a lot of time editing your images? For what purpose?
Because the period between actually photographing my worn and exhibiting it is extremely short, the editing work is minimal.AAP: Favorite(s) photographer(s)?
Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Bruce Davidson and Josef Koudelka.AAP: What advice would you give a young photographer?
Just get out there and shoot on the street!AAP: What mistake should a young photographer avoid?
Being inclined to think about “a concept” too much.AAP: An idea, a sentence, a project you would like to share?
The city of Tokyo which can be seen in my eyes is one of an ecosystem with magnificent circulation.AAP: What are your projects?
Most recently I have been taking photographs of the small insect in the forest.AAP: Your best memory as a photographer?
The days when I took traveled to Tibet with a camera when I was in my early 20’s.AAP: Your worst souvenir as a photographer?
Having 150 rolls of exposed film stolen in India…AAP:The compliment that touched you most?
Timeless, Placeless.AAP:If you were someone else who would it be?
A small insect. I want to look at the world from that point of view.AAP: Your favorite photo book?
"A Period of Juvenile Prosperity / Mike Brodie" which I obtained is a favorite recently.AAP: An anecdote?
I have held the exhibition currently in Paris. So I was very inspired to stay in Europe for the first time. I want to look into a lot of people Since the PHOTOQUAI is very interesting event. www.photoquai.frAAP: Anything else you would like to share?
My gallery: Totem Pole Photo Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Totem Pole Photo Gallery