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Kenji Hirasawa

MA work


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2016

  • Kenji Hirasawa (b. 1982, Tokyo) is a Japanese photographer based in London. He graduated from the Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University, Tokyo in 2006. Hirasawa has lived in London since 2008, where he worked with the SHOWstudio and studied MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art, whilst actively participating in a number of group exhibitions in Tokyo and London. In 2011 He opened a solo exhibition ‘Celebrity’ with KK Outlet and released a photobook of the same tile from Bemojake, which won the International Photobook Award and was shortlisted in Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Award in the following year. In 2013 he opened his first touring solo show in Japan: ‘Portraits’ at B Gallery in Tokyo. This year, Hirasawa collaborated with ISSEY MIYAKE MEN where the series Psyche was adopted for the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

  • Degrees

  • BA Environmental Information, Keio University, Japan, 2006
  • Experience

  • Collaboration - ISSEY MIYAKE MEN AUTUMN WINTER 2016 Collection, Tokyo and Paris, 2016; Project - POLITICAL FASHION, SHOWstudio, London, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • Another Room, IMA gallery, Tokyo, 2015; ZEZEHIHI, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2015; Focal Point, Unit24 Gallery, London, 2015; Portraits, B Gallery, Tokyo, 2013; PARIS PHOTO 2012, Grand Palais, Paris, 2012; GET IT LOUDER 2012, Sanlitun Village, Beijing, 2012; Celebrity, KK Outlet, London, 2011; NEW TENANT, Connaught Close Project Space, London, 2011; DIRECTLY ACQUIRED, The Air Gallery, London, 2010
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted in Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2012, New York and Paris, 2012; Photobook Award, International Photobook Festival, Kassel, 2012; Flash Forward Award, The Magenta Foundation, 2012
  • Publications

  • ZEIT WISSEN 1/2016, Hamburg, 2016; Portraits, Libro Arte, Tokyo, 2013; Lucy Soutter, Why Art Photography?, Routledge, London, 2013; GUP #31 Experimental Issue, Amsterdam, 2011; Photoworks #17 Contested Evidence, Brighton, 2011; Celebrity, Bemojake, London, 2011