I didn’t know how my parents were raised. I did not talk much to them before they passed away. Our relationship was neither good nor bad, I guess.
While I was cleaning up their room one day, I found an old, shabby photo album at the bottom of a chest. It was covered with dust, so I opened it carefully. Monochrome pictures of varied sizes packed every page. They seemed to be of my parents in their childhood and youth. Some photos came off the album with a crisp, crackling sound as I turned the pages. There were some thin papers at the back as well. They were folded in half. I opened them. They were copies of a family register, and revealed what my parents went through to be together.
A few days later, I decided to visit the places where they were born and where they grew up in. I brought along the album as well as the papers.
~ Hajime Kimura
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.
He participated at the World Press Photo Joop swart masterclass in Amsterdam in 2012. In early 2013, Kimura was awarded the 2nd prize at the Vattenfall Photo Award in Berlin. In 2014 he won the 3rd prize of Kassel photobook dummy award in Germany, and the book “Scrapbook” was published in 2015. He then published 2 handmade books “In search of lost memories” and “Snowflakes Dog Man”.
His works have been widely featured in a number of magazines including TIME, The New York Times, Le Monde magazine and Newsweek Japan. Since 2016, he has been based in Germany for his long-term project. His work centers around the examination of his own thoughts and emotions in relationship to the people and landscapes in his photography.