Takahiro HARA (1975-) is a Tokyo based photographer. Hara was born in Japan, and grew up in a small town in Brazil. He spent in the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Lithuania, and now he lives in Tokyo. 
He started to teach himself photography, and he has been using Lith Printing process. His enthusiasm for the process comes from the reason that this method captures a tone of circumstance which expresses piles of time. Also, he is attached to a long process of Lith Printing to ripen one picture, which also matures his love silently for the picture in a dark room.
His focus is making a specific worldview by means of letting his subjects recall the relationship between their thoughts and objects. He lets his work evolves as a collaboration with his subjects. He released a family portrait series ‘Photo Studio Four Seasons’, which expressed history and bonds of each family. Also, he released ‘UNIVERSE’, and expressed a primitive source of human beings, which was mixed together energy and memory from generation to generation.
In his recent works, he tries to capture the beauty of the familiar Japanese scenery. He pursues the beauty that is created in the continuous screen structure like the folding screen of Japanese painting by lining up several original Lith Prints to complete one work.
In 2019, he received ‘Letter of appreciation’ from the Government of Lithuania for his efforts in promotion of the Japanese culture in Lithuania and for sharing the spirit of genuine photography art.
 

EDUCATION                                                                        

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands Master of Arts (MA), Development Studies, majoring in Children and Youth Studies,   December 2012
The Japan External Trade Organization - Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School Post Graduate Diploma, Economics and Development Studies,   July 2011
Kobe University, Japan Bachelor of Arts (BA), Business Administration,   March 2000

AWARDS                                                                           

‘Letter of appreciation’ from the Government of the Republic of Lithuania   March 2019, for the efforts in promotion of the Japanese culture in Lithuania and for sharing the spirit of genuine photography art  
My Happiness Contest by Meiji Yasuda Seimei, Japan: Chosen   June 2010

SOLO EXHIBITION                                                                          

2019

Photo Studio Four Seasons -Lithuania and Brazil-, Art Gallery Ishi, Ginza, Tokyo (Special event by ‘atelier-chataigne’)
Photo Studio Four Seasons, The Prime Minister’s Office, Vilnius-city, Lithuania
Photo Studio Four Seasons, Vytautas Magnus University Big Hall, Kaunas-city, Lithuania

2009

Universe, Antique shop ‘ethnica’, Yokohama, Japan

2007

Photo Studio Four Seasons, Gallery DAZZLE, Aoyama, Tokyo

 

GROUP EXHIBITION                                                                                         

2014
Present, Gallery Nadar, Tokyo, Japan

2013

Forest of Life: Special event by Pianist Sohichiroh Shigematsu, Gallery Monneporte, Nagasaki, Japan

2006

Dictionary, Sewing Gallery, Osaka, Japan

 

MAJOR PROJECT                                                                                        

Shinto Project
The project started from a request from a shrine maiden at Nishibori Hikawa Shrine, Saitama, Japan.
I took pictures of the Shinto rituals throughout the year, spiritual pace inside the shrine, various expressions of the shrine throughout the four seasons, the state of the ‘Ujiko’ who worship the same shrine and their family. Pictures were edited into an album and dedicated to the Nishibori Hikawa Shrine.

 

THESIS AND REPORT                                                               

Cambodian Youth in Cultural Reconstruction of the Khmer Traditional Arts (Master’s Thesis),  International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands,   December 2012
Child Friendly Spaces: Mechanism, which believes in Japanese children’s resilience,  International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands,   July 2012

MAJOR CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES AND PICTURES                                                            

The Notebook of Photo Life, Kazumi Hayashi, PIE BOOKS, 2009
LOVE LETTERS AT SIXTY -Wife to husband, husband to wife-, translated by Richard R.F. Ginies, NHK Publishing, 2004
Wedding Photo of Life Style Artist Patrice Julien, CREA 2006, In Red 2007, Elle Marriage 2009, ROSALBA Wedding 2009