Shinichiro Kobayashi

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Shinichiro Kobayashi (小林 伸一郎, Kobayashi Shin'ichirō) (born 19 October 1956) is a Japanese photographer, and "the leading practitioner if not the founder of the ever-popular 'Ruins' or 'Urban Exploration' genre of photography".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Bunkyō-ku, Tokyo, on 19 October 1956, Kobayashi graduated from the Economics department of Senshu University in 1978.[2] After working for studios and publishing, he went freelance in 1984, and set up Studio Rise (Sutajio Raizu, スタジオライズ) in 1988.[2] He won various photography awards in the 1990s.[3]

Prints from Kobayashi's Deathtopia series are in the permanent collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.[4]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Building the Chanel Lumière Tower. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, March–April 2005. About the creation of the Chanel Ginza building.[6]
  • Umihito 1977–1988 = 海人1977〜1988. Nakata Museum (Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture), October–November 2008.[3]
  • Hachinohe City. Kōdansha K-Square building, near Gokoku-ji, Tokyo, October 2009.[7]
  • Shimanami Setouchi-kai (島波 瀬戸内海). Nakata Museum, March–May 2011.[8]
  • Torigoe now (鳥越NOW). Ueno Royal Museum, July 2019. About Torigoe [Wikidata].[9]


  1. ^ Easterwood, Kurt (November 1, 2008). "November Magazine Roundup". Japan Exposures. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b 「小林 伸一郎」, pp. 209–210 within 東京都写真美術館監修, 『現代写真人名事典』. Tokyo: Nichigai Associates, 2005. ISBN 978-4-8169-1949-7. (An alternative, English-language title, Biographic Dictionary of Contemporary Japanese Photography, appears within the book, whose content is in Japanese only.)
  3. ^ a b Umihito 1977–1988 = 海人1977〜1988 (leaflet), Nakata Museum. Accessed 8 August 2021.
  4. ^ Selecting "KOBAYASHI Shinichiro" within the museum's list of names starting ko brings a list of Kobayashi's prints. (NB the names of the photographers and others are in not alphabetical but gojūon order.)
  5. ^ 写真賞 (list of the 49 winners of the photography prize), Kōdansha. Accessed 9 August 2021.
  6. ^ Exhibition notice (in Japanese), Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Accessed 9 August 2021.
  7. ^ Nyūsu Senshū (ニュース専修), 15 October 2009, page 5. Accessed 9 August 2021.
  8. ^ Exhibition notice (in Japanese), Nakata Museum. Accessed 9 August 2021.
  9. ^ 金の星社創業100周年記念出版 『鳥越NOW』発売, Kin-no-hoshi-sha, 6 June 2019. Accessed 9 August 2021.

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