Kitano lives in Tokyo, where he was born in 1968. In 1991 he graduated from Nihon University's College of Industrial Technology. He has been a freelance photographer since 2003. Kitano won the 'Society of Photography Award' in 2004 and the 'Newcomer's Award' of the Photographic Society of Japan in 2007. In 2011 he won the 'New Photographer Award' for the 27th Higashikawa Award and the 'Special Prize' for the 14th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art. He has had numerous solo and group exhibition in Japan and abroad.

In 2012 he spent a year in Los Angels, with the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists operated by The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.