Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology at University, he began his career in 2006. His work “Solitary” awarded “Tokyo Documentary PhotoWorkshop Scholarship” in 2011. His first long-term project “MATAGI” focused on Japanese ancient tribe in Nigata prefecture for 5 years was published in 2012. In the same year he participated in World press photo Joop swart masterclass in Amsterdam. In January, 2013 his private work “Man and Dog” won the 2nd prize of Vattenfall photo annual award in Berlin and exhibited at CO Berlin.
His first photobook “KODAMA” won the first prize of IPA photobook Asia award 2013 in Singapore, the special prize of Konica PHOTO PREMIO 2013 in Tokyo and has been widely featured in a number of publications including TIME, New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde Magazine and others. These past couple of years he has been based in Japan while also covering China and India. He tries to describe how he felt on the ground between the subject and himself in order to reconstruct the interaction in his images.