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koe project#01 Hajime Kimura "Family of Lies"

I didn't tell people that both my parents had died until a certain time. There was a time when I talked about my family as if they were still here. I don't know, but I think my mother and father probably influenced me.  When I think about why I used to lie like that.

I had to admit somewhere that my family was far from the ideal I had imagined, but I didn't want to admit it out in the open. So in front of my friends, I dreamed of an imaginary family...I used to think of my family as something that I really hated, something I didn't want to be known, something that was a shameful part of myself.

Three Books is pleased to announce the publication of a series of books entitled 'koe project'. This series will unravel the work of photographers and artists who, through the medium of 'photography', face society, the times and personal conflicts and issues head-on and create work through their own voices, 'koe' in Japanese.


The first volume in the series is 'Family of Lies' by photographer Hajime Kimura. The artist has created and exhibited powerful and poetic black-and-white photographs of matters and existence that are little known or forgotten in Japanese society, such as "matagi" bear hunters, the circumstances and drama of racehorses, and marginalised communities.  His exhibitions have been held in many parts of the world and many of  his projects have been published. Some of his recent works focuse on his own family. As the title of this book, 'Family of Lies', suggests, why did he start producing works about his family, despite the intense feelings he had towards his own family? What happened between himself and his family? And how does he think about and perceive the idea of 'family'?


This book is composed of Kimura's beautiful and poetic photographic works and interviews.

Hajime Kimura publication exhibition “Family of Lies”

16 May (Thu) - 31 May (Fri), 2024

10am - 8pm (until 6pm on the last day of the event)

Venue:  Seikosha


Talk event (Hajime Kimura & Akihito Yoshida)

24 May (Fri), 2024 7pm-

Venue: Seikosha

Capacity: 25 persons

Fee: 1,500 yen + 1 drink order

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koe project#01 Hajime Kimura "Family of Lies"

Photo / Illustrations : Hajime Kimura

Interview: Three Books

Editing / Design: Three Books

English proofread: Lauri Kitsunik

Printing: Marujoh Planning


Price: 4,950 JPY (+shipping)

Format: 155 mm x 215 mm

Number of pages: 148

Number of photos: 46

Language: English / Japanese

Publication date: May 16th, 2024

Publisher: Three Books

Publisher: Akihito Yoshida / Moe Suzuki

ISBN: 978-4-9911731-0-3 C-0072

Price: 4950 JPY (+shipping)


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*North America  / Europe / Oceania

   7000 JPY


   6300 JPY

*South America / Africa

   7300 JPY

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