Born in 1970 and from Yokoze-town, Saitama prefecture. Initially focused on portrait and fashion photography for advertisement and magazines, in 2001 Kobayashi learned the basics of fine arts and alternative printing techniques in New York. Kobayashi prints his platinum-palladium print on traditional Japanese Hosokawa-paper, which he feels is creating a graceful and unique atmosphere within his work. Since 2005, he has had opportunities to present his work in various European countries as well as in Taiwan.