Shinya Arimoto ( b. 1971, Japan) graduated from Osaka School of Visual Arts 1994. Since then Shinya has photographed in India, Nepal and Tibet where he spent more than 18 months. In 1998, he won the 35th Taiyo award for his photography book Portrait of Tibet. He opened the Totem Pole Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 2008. Shinya has published Portrait of Tibet (Visual Arts, 1999) and ariphoto selection vol. 1 (Totem Pole Gallery, 2010). His work has been published in Asahi Camera and Kaze no Tabibito, among others. Shinya also teaches at various photography schools including the Tokyo Visual Arts Center.