Born in 1987, based in Japan.
Through photography, the works of Mihotani, tries to focus on the roots of perception in the experience of daily life. While working as an advertising copywriter, staff of rental and commercial gallery, he started to teach himself photography from 2007. Later in 2015, he graduated from Visual Arts Osaka, the department of photography, evening course. This summer in 2019, he will participate an Artist-in-Resident KAGANHOTEL in Kyoto prefecture.
2013-15 Visual Arts Osaka, Photography department, evening course.
2019 Images are for illustration purposes / KANA KAWANISHI PHOTOGRAPHY, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Images are for illustration purposes / ZAZIE hair, Osaka, Japan
2014 Look for an insect / La galerie, Osaka, Japan
2013 YANMA / Dining table of Hipotama, Osaka, Japan
2012 Look for an insect / Itohen, Osaka, Japan
Selected group exhibitions
2019 Dali International Photography Exhibition / Dali, China
2019 IMA×Edition “STYLED IN PHOTOGRAPHY” / IMA gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2019 YPF exhibition 2019 / galerie MONSTRE, Arles, France
2019 Today is / Sony Square Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
2019 NEW JAPAN PHOTO 7 LAUNCH EXHIBITION / CHI-KA, Dubai, UAE
2018 Next Project / Higashikawa International Photo Festival
2016 Realizing photography as printmaking / iTohen, Osaka, Japan
2012 Exhibition of recommended artist / iTohen, Osaka, Japan
2019 TOKYO FRONTLINE PHOTO AWARD #8, Finalist
2018 JAPAN PHOTO AWARD, Winner (Selected by Mutsuko Ota)
2018 HARIBAN AWARD, Shortlist
2019 JAPAN PHOTO AWARD MAGAZINE
2019 NEW JAPAN PHOTO ISSUE 7 (back cover)
2018 IMA magazine vol.26 (Step out! vol.22)
I feel that my life-long passion for photography is underpinned by my childhood experiences with insects. For me, collecting insects has been a way to understand the strange and familiar through first-hand experience, as well as from various perspectives through sharing with others. And this has cemented my fascination with the perception that arises when you see something for the first time in your life, and the source of the perception itself; these continue to be the foundation of my practice today. Through photography, I am trying to look at the everyday, familiar things around me, including the invisible presence that takes shape in our imagination when we feel something.
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