Kenji Hirasawa

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VIDEO: Kenji Hirasawa discusses how a thermal camera enabled him to photograph "life-less-ness" at Madame Tussauds.

VIDEO: Kenji Hirasawa discusses how a thermal camera enabled him to photograph "life-less-ness" at Madame Tussauds.

VIDEO: Kenji Hirasawa discusses how a thermal camera enabled him to photograph "life-less-ness" at Madame Tussauds.

Kenji Hirasawa, a graduate of Keio University, Japan, majoring in Media Design, furthered his interest in the visual arts by studying photographic production at the London College of Communication in 2008/09.

He is developing a strong reputation as a rising talent and has exhibited both at home in Japan including his "Frozen Polaroids" at Roppongi Hills Observatory in 2006 and internationally most recently with his first book "Celebrity" at the KK Outlet in London.

"Celebrity" has also been profiled in Photoworks, BJP, Hotshoe and Creative Review and gained critical acclaim:

"Kenji Hirasawa's Celebrity is one of those rare photography series that you fall in love with instantly. The photographs are a perfect and very simple metaphor for our relationship to celebrities - real people (us) attempting to interact with dreams (them). To say that the cult of celebrity is the worship of empty people is obvious, but to show it is brilliant.The point is clear: look to yourself for vitality and meaning, not phantasms." Erik Kessels, 2011.

"[Celebrity is] ultimately an insightful study of humanity, flawed and frail, seeking satisfaction outside of the constraints of a disappointing reality." Katherine Oktober Matthews, GUP Magazine, September 2011.

"One of the most original photobooks to emerge of late... A unique and intelligent work." Kevin J. Clarke, Hotshoe Magazine, Oct/Nov 2011.

"Clever, conceptual stuff." Creative Review, October 2011.

"On his quest to explore the meaning of human life, Kenji Hirasawa has taken photography beyond surface value…..and steered his creative energies into experimenting with conceptual techniques of photography, to take a deeper look into human condition." Jenny Cusack, Dazed and Confused.

In an exclusive offering Troika Editions is delighted to make this book available with a print of Queen Elizabeth II in a limited edition of 25.

Celebrity
    • Book + print
    • 25 available