Vol.107_Kenta Nakamura


Editor_Jihyun Yi


Kenta Nakamura is a portrait, documentary, contemporary photographer based in Fukuoka and Tokyo, Japan. Born in 1981. Working for a photo studio LOBJET.


What was your first camera that you owned and what do you use now?

When I was not even interested in taking photos, my friend (now he is my boss) gave me Canon EOS5.  He knew what I would love even before I knew it.  I use Canon 5Dmark3, Hasselblad 500C/M, ContaxT3, Utsurundesu(QuickSnap) for now.


Which film do you prefer?

I don't really have any preference when I use ContaxT3, however I would like to use PORTRA400 when I use Hasselblad 500C/M.


Do you print film by yourself?

I only print inkjet photos not silver halide photos.


What do you think is the most important step of photography?

I think it's very important that I'm into the moment when I capture it.


How do you pick the people that you take portraits of?

I chose with my instinct using my own sense of beauty.  It's not about their age or physical outline.


How would you describe “your story” series?

Taking photograph is often used to show the subject with some kind of meaning or thoughts behind it. However I wanted to give my pieces a different purpose.This project is taken in three different situations. Portrait, documentary and set up. By making the subject wearing 3D glasses, it weakens the identity of the subject. I wanted the audiences to recall their own stories by being “watched” from the subject of my pieces.


How long did it take until the series is finished? Is it still in process?

It is still in process.


Do you have any message that you want to speak through your works?

Never.  I think photos are one of the tools of communicating with people. It's a great way to interact with people from different cultures. I also appreciate when people find a new value to my photos.


Do you take photos everyday?

Yes, including my work.


What do you do in your free time?

I love to spend time with my family, reading manga or magazines.  I also love to drink.


What is the most important for you?

A piece of photo which could connect people in all over the world. I would like to see that more and more.

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