Mikiya Takimoto is a photographer / cinematographer. Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1974. Apprenticed to Tamotsu Fujii in '94. Went independent in '98 and founded the Mikiya Takimoto Photograph Office. Active in a wide variety of fields spanning everything from advertising photography, graphic art and editorial work to personal creative endeavors, commercial films, and cinema. Major photo collections include LAND SPACE (’13), SIGHTSEEING (’07), BAUHAUS DESSAU ∴ MIKIYA TAKIMOTO (’05). Also began filming movies in ’12. Debut film "Like Father, Like Son / Soshite Chichininaru"( directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda ) won the Jury Award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival’s Competition Category. Received Best Cinematography Award at the 39th Japan Academy Awards for "Our Little Sister" in ’15. "The Third Murder / Sandome no Satsujin" plays In Competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Has also won many other commendations such as Tokyo Art Directors Club ADC Awards, New York ADC Annual Awards Winners GOLD, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity GOLD, ACC Commercial Festival Grand Prize, New York CLIO AWARDS GOLD、and London D&AD Professional Awards YELLOW PENCIL.
Mikiya Takimoto entered the world of photography in 1991 at the age of 16. In ’92 he moved to Tokyo and worked at a studio before beginning a four-year apprenticeship under Tamotsu Fujii in ’94. Mikiya Takimoto went independent in ’98 at the age of 23. All of his work evinces a stance of confronting the realm of photography as something that remains unchanged from the past to the present. In his collection “BAUHAUS DESSAU ∴ MIKIYA TAKIMOTO” (PIE BOOKS), Mikiya Takimoto offers a unique perspective of the abstract art born of Bauhaus Dessau, the famed German art and design school known as the source of contemporary design. His lifework, “SIGHTSEEING” (Little more), is a photo collection in which he traveled to all seven continents, focusing on sightseeing destinations and the people who flock to them, revealing a cynical take on the unreality of “real” tourism and bringing to mind the warped nature of modern society. In “LAND SPACE” (SEIGENSHA) Mikiya Takimoto turns his attention to the similarities between the splendor of nature reared upon the earth for so long and the formative beauty of the space industry, the pinnacle of civilization created by human hands. The result seems to almost be commanding overview of the Earth from the two seemingly opposite viewpoints of land and space. Mikiya Takimoto has also shown his skill in advertising photography and commercial film through numerous posters and videos that still brim with keen and original concepts despite many restrictions. Mikiya Takimoto also drew upon his experiences in photo and film, along with his perspective as an expressionist, to create a unique cinematic world as the cinematographer of the films “Like Father, Like Son/Soshite Chichininaru” and “Our Little Sister/Umimachi Diary” and "The Third Murder/Sandome no Satsujin"