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Tell us something about you….

I’m “RK”. I’m a Tokyo based photographer.

Born in 1982. 

I played baseball for Kokugakuin Tochigi Senior High School baseball club. Later studying at Bunka Fashion College,I also began to learn DJing at EL SONORA and ROSA FIESTA in Roppongi. As a DJ,I’ve released three mixtapes. After graduation ,I went on to work as a graphic designer.

In 2013,I joined the Tokyo urban running crew “AFE TOKYO”to lose weight. This prompted me to begin taking and editing photos. My photography of street scenery,portraits,and other themes began gaining media attention in 2014,both locally in Japan and internationally. The attention led to my work being selected as a “suggested user”from the instagram official account.

My work has been considered influential in helping create the genre of  „DENSE“ photography ,which predominantly captures the intensity and density of Asian urban life. My two most recognized works are  „Grandpa of Akihabara Electric Town“ and „Motorcycle waterfall of Taipei Bridge“. 

And another representative photography of mine is “The Mt.Fuji Street View of Yoshida City”. That work was featured by the Instagram official account,and received more than five million “likes”. The photo spot also go viral on social network.

Beginning in April 2018,I’ve fully transitioned into a freelance photographer,providing my services to many well known clients in the fashion industry.

Instagram: @rkrkrk

do you have any specific goals for your videography/photography?

I want to publish my own photography books.

how would you describe your style?

I think it’s “Dense”,but there is not a lot of obsession.

what advice would you give for finding your personal style?

No one knows what style suits what people, even the photographer himself.

So just try things out,learn,and be lucky.  Most people end up without being able to find it.

Pursuing love.  I think the best thing is being addicted.

do you feel pressure?

Nope. I don’t feel it particularly.

do you have a favorite photo? What’s your favorite shot a project which meant a lot to you?

I have no favorite photos.

About the project, I always had fun when working with Takashi Murakami.

who is the most inspiring person /artist you know and why?

Japanese fashion designers Hiroshi Fujiwara, Jun Takahashi.

And my DJ master MASAMI MAKINO.

goals for 2019?

Get more job, more money.

Your favourite place you always love to travel to? Place you would love to live one day?

There is nothing in particular.

How would you describe your lifestyle?

I think everything will be fun.

Worst travel experience?

I climbed the Kowloon Peak in Hong Kong for taking photos.

The weather is hot and humid.

The trail is super difficult… I thought I gonna die.

You love to create content? How did you discover it?

Of course. I always think about it because I want to shoot something different from others. So I’ll imitate immediately after posting.

I just find out by chance or just think and try.

For how long are you creating content now?

About 3 or 4 years….?

I don’t know because I haven’t counted it.

What was the best that happened to you?

My daughter came to this world.

What does motivate to you to do what you do?

For my daughter’s forever happy life.

You’re one of the official photographers of the Tokyo running crew „AFE“what does the work looks like?

I didn’t think much about it.

Why do they call you „iPhone Photographer“?

I think it’s just because I use iPhone to take photographs at first.

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