Curator Selection / 2021 / /
Social Distancing Tokyo 2020
The exciting days of shooting rock concerts suddenly came to a halt in March 2020 due to pandemic. I was a Tokyo correspondent for international music media. While government was asking us to stay home, I walked my area for only 1 hour every night. Though my city was supposed to be a part of the Olympics venues, it looked completely different. The empty, quiet city was beautiful and that healed my broken heart. I might’ve been selfish. People have lost their lives and jobs. Going through a psychological conflict, the only thing I could do is capturing the weird truth.
Aki is an aspiring photographer based in Tokyo. She fell in love with travel, music, and photography while in college. She worked as a print operator at a photo laboratory for 5 years. In January 2017, she got an offer from DALLE, the biggest music photo stock and news agency in France, and signed with them as the only Japanese photographer.
Since then, she has been shooting international musicians and writing reviews in English. Her works have been published worldwide. In the meantime she has a passion to capture endangered architecture and cityscape at night as her lifework.
Awards 2021 Muse Photography Awards Gold Winner at Professional, Fine Art Photography-NIght Category
2021 Muse Photography Awards Silver Winner at Professional, Fine Art Photography-Photojournalism Category
2021 Muse Photography Awards Honorable Mention at Professional, Covid-19 Related Photography
2021 IPA Honorable mention ×2 at Professional, One Shot - Our Times : Lockdown life & Isolation category2018 IPA Honorable mention at Professional, Advertising, Music category
2018 IPA One-shot: Harmony Honorable mention ×2 at people category
2017 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) Silver award at Advertising, Music category, Bronze award ×2 at Events, Music category
2000 FUJIFILM reversal film photo contest winner
2000 General Photographic Exhibition winner