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Den Niwa Finds Proof Of Life On

Who: Den Niwa
Where he was born: São Paulo, Brazil
Where he lives now: Shanghai, China
What he does: Photographer


How it all began:
I began photographing friends as a hobby when I was living in Japan in 2010. But I seriously began photographing after the devastating earthquake that hit the eastern coast of Japan in March 2011. After the earthquake I thought that life should be documented in case disasters happen, we have something to leave behind.

How he captures ideas:
Sixth sense.

Trying to make something for yourself or convey an idea to someone else?
Convey an idea to myself.

If he were a sound:
Okinawan sanshin (like a Japanese banjo).

He believes in:
Self, life, and death.


If he could see social disruption:
Tackle the social-phobia present in modern day. We spend too much time on social media and on our phones alienating ourselves.

Something he needs to change:

Something great he’s read:
Truisms by Jenny Holzer. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.

Heavy rotation:
The Cure.

His most recent artistic reference:
Momo Okabe’s Bible.

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Favorite photograph by her most admired photographer:
1971, Sentimental Journey, by Nobuyoshi Araki.

His favorite photograph:
Yoko by Nobuyoshi Araki, the one on the boat.

Why he takes photos:
As a proof of life.

Where he finds peace:
A cafe in Kyoto Japan. Everyone that knows me knows about this place.

Den’s WILD Wish:
Time travel.


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text by: Blaine Skrainka

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