Kimoto, Naoya "Kin"

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Soulful and well-traveled photographer from Osaka, Japan; described by the Surfer's Journal in 1997 as "the dean of Japanese surf photography." Kimoto was born (1959) and raised in Osaka, began surfing in 1976, and shooting photographs not long thereafter. He studied photography and film at Kogei College in Tokyo, but abandoned the program at 21, moved to Hawaii, and began a career as a staff ph...

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