|Q. SAKAMAKI: Biography
b. 1958, Japan
BA Kansei Gakuin University, Japan, 1981
MA Columbia University, New York, 2001
Q. Sakamaki is a New York-based Japanese photographer. Since he moved to the city in 1986, he has focused on deadly conflicts and human rights issues, both nationally and internationally, documenting not only the political landscape but also peopleís emotional relationship to many facets of human dramas with a combination of journalistic view and aesthetical sense. His work and his vision is global. His photographs have appeared in books and magazines worldwide and have been exhibited in solo shows in New York and Tokyo. He has received many outstanding awards, including the Acker Award, 2016, multiple Pictures of The Year awards from World Press Photo, the Olivier Rebbot Award of the Overseas Press Club, and DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award, among others. Sakamaki holds a Masterís degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. He has published several books, including the two latest ones: WAR DNA covering seven deadly conflicts and Tompkins Square Park, a photo essay of New York's Lower East Side anti-gentrification movement, which gained him major recognition. Sakamaki also does video-documenting. His footage of the Liberian war used in Liberia: An Uncivil War, was nominated in the 26th Emmy Awards News & Documentary category in 2005. In 2013 he hosted The New Yorkerís Instagram feed and photographed Japan. He continues to make use of Instagram and has used his instagram images as a basis for lager digital prints prints.
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