"Encountering Bali, moment after moment, I feel the Universe. A once in a lifetime chance." − Zigen
Born in Nishinomiya-Shi, Hyogo-ken in 1959. After graduating from the Visual Arts College Osaka he came to Tokyo and worked as an assistant for two years. In 1982, he left for Europe and worked as Peter Lindbergh's assistant for three years in Paris. After that, he became freelance and worked mainly in Paris and Milan as a Fashion Photographer, but returned to Tokyo in 1993, establishing the ZIGEN Office. In 1999, his first solo exhibition, "Seikimatsu Shouzou (Portraits from the End of the Century)" was held in Aoyama Spiral Hall. The same exhibition, "Seikimatsu Shouzou" was held in Visual Arts Gallery Osaka in 2001. He became the Special Consultant for the Visual Arts College in 2002. He now is based in Tokyo, working on various advertisements, fashions, and music photos.
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