Q&A: Shinya Arimoto

29.10.12

Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Oppressor. Make a prediction for the future. I’ll be taking photographs as always. Where in Europe would you like to be magically transported? I’m interested in the history and culture of the Balkans. What country has the best flag? America. What will replace humans? Small insects. Your favorite painter? Isson Tanaka (Japanese). Name something that you would be willing to shorten your life by ten years to receive right now. Permanently enduring world peace. What was the last crime you witnessed? Scribble on the works of artists. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? Oppressor. Make a prediction for the future. I’ll be taking photographs as always. Where in Europe would you like to be magically transported? I’m interested in the history and culture of the Balkans. What country has the best flag? America. What will replace humans? Small insects.

Your favorite painter? Isson Tanaka (Japanese). Name something that you would be willing to shorten your life by ten years to receive right now. Permanently enduring world peace. What was the last crime you witnessed? Scribble on the works of artists. Are pets actually prisoners? No. How would you survive in prison? I’d try to translate ‘Genji Monogatari’ into Tibetan. What is the next book you want to read? I’m always looking forward to new comics. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. Romney. Would you still take photos if you could only take them in nightclubs? The answer is no. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you trust your closest friends? 1 or 2. How would you dress if you were suddenly an elderly man? T-shirts and shorts and flip flops. Do you believe in world peace? Of course. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Radiation sickness. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Eumenes.

Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? Prime Minister of Japan. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Biology. Describe a cheap thrill. Shooting on the street. Do you have a passion for fashion? I’m not interested in fashion. Is hesitation a kind of weakness? No, it’s natural. Could you own a gun? Never! Which religion seems most tempting? Polytheism. Ultimate camera? Hasselblad 903SWC. Most used camera? Rolleiflex 2.8F. Which living person do you most admire? Lee Friedlander. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Last words before death? Thank you for everything.

Shinya Arimoto – From the series Why now Tibet (2009) & Portrait of Tibet (1999)