Kenji Hirasawa (born 1982, Tokyo) is a Japanese photographer. He graduated from the Keio University (B.A. in Environmental Information) 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 Europe and Japan. In 2011, he published a photo book ‘Celebrity’ (Bemojake) and had his solo show with the same title at KK Outlet Gallery in London. His works received further recognition for gracing the cover of photo magazines such as ‘Photoworks’ and ‘GUP’, and his ‘HORSE’ series was featured in ISSEY MIYAKE MEN Autumn Winter 2016 Collection. He currently works in Tokyo and London.
Hirasawa’s works are shaped by crossing different type of tools and subjects, through his study of human. His sole aim is to record life itself as true marvel.
Kenji Hirasawa uses thermography camera to take pictures of his friends and animals, recording the very moment of their lives. Sometimes his works are full of bold almost vulgar colors, illustrating the energy released from living organism; the other times, it is just a series of number showing the temperature of each part of the human body. Among the Japanese artists, he is a rare breed, depicting time as physical moment or numerical fact rather than passage of time or perception of time.
In this Covid-ridden ear, people quickly pass by the thermography camera, as if they are dodging virus, illness or fear of death.
Standing in front of Hirasawa’s work, I feel like toasting to the preciousness of life.
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