Born in 1992, Kenta Cobayashi is a photographer based in Shibuya, Tokyo. He has exhibited widely in group shows such as The Exposed #7 (curated by Kohei Oyama at g3+G/P Gallery in Tokyo, 2014) and The Devil May Care (curated by Hester Keijser at Nooderlicht in Groningen, 2015). Cobayashi also recently held his first solo exhibition, #photo, in April 2016 at G/P Gallery, to favorable acclaim.
Cobayashi’s work is characterized by vestigial digital traces applied onto his images via computer software as a painter adorns a canvas, a form of “tagging” that serves as testament to his existence. He views the vast deluge of images coursing through cyberspace to be a turbid stream constituting a new phenomenon for our times. The moment an image is released into the digital void, it reproduces uncontrollably and wholly irrespective of the photographer’s volition. As part of the young generation of digital natives, Cobayashi’s work represents a fundamental grapple with the promulgatory power of the internet, and questions how photographers are to respond.