Born in Hong Kong in 1962, photographer and artist Almond Chu graduated from the Fine Art Photography Department of the Tokyo College of Photography in 1986. He set up his own studio in 1993 to work on art and commercial projects.
Chu has been invited to exhibit his work in over 14 countries. In addition, his art has been featured in numerous international publications.
Chika was born in 1988, in Fukuoka Prefecture. Ichio was born in 1983, in Yamagata Prefecture. Both graduated from the Department of Photographic Fine Arts at the Japan Institute of Photography and Film.
In 2016, the couple started collaborative production as Chika & Ichio Usui. This work is a representation of a community newly-born into this world.
Eriko Kaniwa is an international award-winning fine art digital artist based in Tokyo, and the creator of SENSEGRAPHIA FINE ART,a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express a sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of the Earth.
Charles is internationally known for his fine-art photography utilizing teddy bears as narrative devices to recontextualize subconscious perceptual biases into a multi-layered commentary on cross-cultural identities, political structures and social customs in a post-modernistic style he calls “Deep Superficiality.”
Charles has studied art and photography at a variety of institutions in Seoul, Tokyo, New York and New Haven.
Born in Japan in 1957, Kubota is one of Japan's most accomplished and international free-lance photographers.
A graduate of the Tokyo College of Photography, he has lived in, and extensively photographed, Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia, working for both Japanese and international clients. His portraits of elite athletes, top politicians, media celebrities and artists have been published in dozens of Japan's news and photo magazines, as well as many books.
Michael James Murray is known for his 360° Panoramic depictions of our perpetually changing world. He has exhibited throughout NY State, and New England, and his work is in numerous public and private collections.
Born in Rochester, NY, Murray’s career began in the mid-1990’s assisting commercial photographers in Rochester NY and New York City. In 2009, Murray began pursuing his own photography in earnest.
"I grew up with Gajumaru. I was born in Tokunoshima, a small island between Okinawa and Kagoshima. Gajumaru grew all around our house, at my school, and throughout our island, watching over and protecting us.
When I was a child, I was taught that a spirit named “Kenmun” lives inside our Gajumaru. If you did wrong to anyone, Kenmun would hurt you in return. "
- The Artist
Viky García was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1980. Her photographic education began at the Escuela IDEP in Barcelona in 2000, and has continued with post-graduate courses at ISPA, Gris Art, Escuela Laboratorio de Expresión Corporal Dramática, Teatro de los sentidos, and the International Center of Photography.
Born in 1949 in Mishima, in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, Kitayama’s gallery exhibitions began with the Tokyo Biennale in 1978, and the Paris “Japan in Asia” exhibition that year, including a prize-winning entry at the Nikon Small World Competition in 2016, and a solo exhibition at the Ricoh Imaging Square in 2018.
Kitayama has received four awards including the Machiko Kusahara Prize from the NEC Multimedia Art Competition during 1996 to 2000, as well as the Yoichiro Kawaguchi Award at the waSABI Grand Prix in 2002.