Shuji Kobayashi grew up in Tokyo, Japan. He moved to the US in January of 1989 to pursue his dream of becoming a Hollywood film director. At first he was planning to attend a film school, but college photography classes opened his eye to photography. After college, he furthered his education at Art Center College of Design. During that period, Irving Penning were among some of his source of inspiration. After graduating Art Center for BFA in Photography, Shuji began to shoot various celebrities and published in many Japanese fashion and movie magazines. After been resided in Los Angeles for 20 years, he is now based in Tokyo, Japan.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Shuji Kobayashi
Models from left to right are: Ria, Lira from SOS Model Agency, and Trish