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TAK S. ITOMI

□ Gallery & Studio :

1984 N. Main St. “The Brewery”

Los Angeles CA 90031

□ WEB : http://taksitomi.com

□ MAIL : Please use the contact form

□ EDUCATION : BA / California State University, Northridge  / Film Production major

 

 

□ Artist Statement

Los Angeles-based photographer/artist TAK S. ITOMI was raised in Japan. Tak moved to Los Angeles in 1999, and studied photography and cinematography at California State University, Northridge.

In 2004 while at university, in addition to winning photography awards from Asahi Newspaper and Konica Minolta, he won first prize in the SOGO Photo Contest, one of Japan’s largest photo contests. The prized photograph was titled “Freeway,” a daytime desert landscape shot between California and Nevada. The piece was described as “simple, strong, and happy.” This continues to be the common theme: Tak’s art is simple, strong, happy.

After graduating university, he moved back to Tokyo and started his career as a professional photographer. Early in his career, he had solo exhibitions in Japan named “Soul America.” He showed energetic American landscapes with contrast, light, and color. The show was successful and garnered invitations from institutions including University of Southern Queensland, Australia. For five years from 2007, he served as chef art director of LEAF, Linking East Asian Future, a student forum between China, Korea, and Japan.

In 2008, Tak moved back to Los Angeles and started his new career as a photographer for Discover Los Angeles and Modernica Inc. He also served as the vice president of LELA, Lantern of the East, Los Angeles, an organization for LA-based international artists. He has featured in juried national and international shows, such as Five Elements/ One World (2011) at the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood, and the International Art Expo (2014) in Zaragoza, Spain. The experiences with—and feedback from—other international artists has given rise to even simpler, stronger, happier art.

In 2013, he joined the Rebun Island Project as a key coordinator and official photographer. This is an educational project to reinvigorate a small island of Japan.

 

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TAK S. ITOMI

□ Gallery & Studio :

1984 N. Main St. “The Brewery”

Los Angeles CA 90031

□ WEB : http://taksitomi.com

□ MAIL : Please use the contact form

□ EDUCATION : BA / California State University, Northridge  / Film Production major

 

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□ Clients in USA

 

-Warner Brothers Studio

-MODERNICA Inc.

-Lief Mattress Inc.

-NY Times

-Discover Los Angeles – Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board

-Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, LLC.

-Sedona Chamber of Commerce

-Creative Enterprise International Inc.

-Suehiro Kimono Agency Inc.

-Prosound Communications Inc.

—————etc.

□ Clients in JAPAN

 

-Shogakukan Inc.

-Softbank Creative Corp.

-Mynavi Corporation

-Kadokawa Corporation

-Tokyo News Service Ltd,

-All about Inc.

-Hinode Publishing

-Ei Publishing Co.

-Hearst Fujingaho Co., Ltd.

-Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd

-Patchwork Tsushin Co., Ltd.

-TSURIBITOSHA

—————etc.

□ INTERNATIONAL Clients

 

-Hong Kong Economic Times Limited. (Hong Kong)

—————etc.

 

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□ Major Awards

– 1st Prize / Sogo Photo Contest / JAPAN

The youngest award winner in the contest history

– Asahi Newspaper Award / Sogo Photo Contest / JAPAN

A Major Newspaper in Japan

– Konica Minolta Award / Sogo Photo Contest / JAPAN

– Eco Art Award / Tokyo Big Sight / JAPAN

 

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□ Biography

□ 2015

MODERNICA / Photographer

Liefmattress / Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

Rebun Island Project, JAPAN / Photographer

 

Jan : Photoshoot in Alaska, U.S.A

Feb : Photoshoot Monument Valley, U.S.A

Feb : Photoshoot in White Sands National Monument, U.S.A

Mar : Photoshoot in JAPAN

Apr : Photoshoot in Las Vegas, U.S.A

Apr : The Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles

 

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□ 2014

MODERNICA / Photographer

Liefmattress / Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

Rebun Island Project, JAPAN / Photographer

 

Jan : Photoshoot in Hawaii, U.S.A

Feb : Dowontown LA Artwalk, Los Angeles

Feb : Photoshoot in Alaska, U.S.A

Mar : Los Angeles Official Poster for Discover Los Angeles – Photographer

Apr : International Art Expo / Zaragoza, SPAIN / Juried Artist

Apr : Photoshoot in SPAIN

Apr : Photoshoot in MOROCCO

Jul : Photo exhibition in Osaka, Japan

Jul : Photo exhibition in Rebun Island, Japan

Aug : Photoshoot in JAPAN

Oct : Photoshoot in JAPAN

Oct : The Brewery Art Walk

Nov : Canoga Park Art Walk, CALIFORNIA

Dec : Photoshoot on Route 66, U.S.A

 

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□ 2013

MODERNICA / Photographer

Liefmattress / Photographer

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

Rebun Island (JAPAN) International Exchange Project / Photographer

 

Jan : BS11(JAPAN)TV Shoot

Mar : Photoshoot in HAVANA, CUBA

Mar : Photoshoot in Cancun, MEXICO

Mar : SUEHIRO KIMONO FASHION SHOW at California State University, Fullerton

Photographer/Videographer

Apr : Photoshoot in Guadalajara, MEXICO

Aug : Los Angeles Official Poster for Discover Los Angeles – Photographer

Oct : Photoshoot in Alaska, U.S.A

Dec : Japan Photo Exhibition and Talk Live Tour

Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, Fukushima, Yamanashi, Oita / JAPAN

 

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□ 2012

MODERNICA / Photographer

Liefmattress / Photographer

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

Rebun Island (JAPAN) International Exchange Project / Photographer

 

Feb : TBS (Japanese commercial broadcast television network) TV Shoot

Apr : Panasonic CM 「London Olympic」

Jun : Los Angeles Official Poster for Discover Los Angeles- Photographer

Aug : ELLE -a table-Japan – Photographer

Oct : SUEHIRO KIMONO FASHION SHOW at University of Alaska

Photographer/Videographer

 

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□ 2011

MODERNICA / Photographer

Liefmattress / Photographer

LELA-Lantern of the East, Los Angeles- / Member, Vice President

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

 

Jan : InterContinental Los Angeles Century City / Event official photographer

Mar : LELA Japan’s 311 Earthquake Fundraising Show / Invited Artist

Apr : TERAKOYA Under21 Art Show / Little Tokyo LA / Producer

May : KOREAN Arirang Fine Art Show 2011 / Mary Paxon Art Gallery, NORWALK, CA /Juried Artist

Aug : 8.9 Nagasaki Peace Art Show / Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum / Invited Artist

Aug : LELA Nisei Week Art Festival / Los Angeles, CA / Invited Artist

Sept : Armenian Cultural Festival / Glendale, CA / Invited Artist

Sept : Los Angeles Official Guidebook 2011 / Photographer and Designer

Oct : LELA 19th International Art Festival [Five Elements. One World] /

Hollywood Barnsdall Municipal Art Museum, Hollywood, CA / Juried Artist

Nov : Japanese Students Art Camp Exchange Program / Los Angeles and Malibu, CA

 

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□ 2010

MODERNICA / Photographer

Documentary Film “Reversible Destiny” (JAPAN 2010) / CAST as Featured Artist

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

Discover Los Angeles / Photographer

 

Mar : Talk Live / Harajyuku TOKYO

Apr : NHK (Japan national television) / Featured Artist in a TV program [Neccyuu Stadium]

May : Zaptra Record Release party Art Show / LA Downtown, CA / Invited Artist

Jun : LA Downtown Art Walk /Invited Artist

Aug : LEAF -Linking East Asian Future- Event T-Shirt Design / Photographer and Designer

Sept : The Brewery Art Walk / Solo Exhibition

Sept : XOTiC Guitars & Effects T-Shirt Design / Photographer and Designer

Oct : Talk Live / Harajyuku JAPAN

Nov : Los Angeles Official Guidebook 2010 / Photographer and Designer

Dec :  LA Downtown Art Walk / invited Artist

 

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□ 2009

MODERNICA / Photographer

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

 

Feb : Double Standard Art Show / LA Downtown / Juried Artist

Apr : The Brewery Art Walk 2009 / Solo Exhibition

Jun : Downtown Art Walk / Juried Artist

Jul : “Lights on LA” / LA Downtown / Juried Artist

Aug : Sakata City Festival (JAPAN) / Installation Art / Invited Artist

Oct : The Brewery Art Walk Fall 2009 / Solo Exhibition

Dec : “T.I.A -This is America-” Solo Exhibition / Kyoto Grand Hotel Gallery “Rassen”

LA Downtown, CA / Solo Exhibition

 

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□ 2008

LEAF-Linking East Asian Future- / Art Producer and Photographer

Gallery Project “Respontes du Artututu” / Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka (TOKYO, JAPAN)

 

Feb : Book “Clockwork Hollywood Movies” / Kadokawa Publishing / Writer

May : LEAF -Linking East Asian Future- Opening Installation Art / Tokyo University JAPAN

Installation Art

Aug : Sakata City Festival Art Show / Invited Artist

Nov : Moving from TOKYO to Los Angeles

 

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□ 2007

JAXA (Japan’s national aerospace agency) / Photographer

Gallery Project “Respontes du Artututu” / Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka (TOKYO, JAPAN)

 

Jan : Founded “Photo Peace Project” / Founder

Feb : Solo Exhibition “Soul America-The Second Impact-” / Ginza, JAPAN

Supported by the Tourism office of those states (Arizona / Utah / Wyoming / South Dakota / New Mexico )

Mar : U-35-500 Exhibition / Yokohama JAPAN / Juried Artist

Apr : Whiteworld Photo Contest / Niigata JAPAN / Juried Artist

Apr : Solo Exhibition “Soul America -The gift from the Earth-” / Shinagawa, JAPAN

Supported by the Tourism office of those states (Arizona / Utah / Wyoming / South Dakota / New Mexico )

May : Talk Live / Tokyo, JAPAN

Jun : Japan Photographer’s Union Special Exhibition / Juried Artist

Tokyo Central Museum , Osaka Contemporary Art museum , Nagoya Noritake Museum , JAPAN

Aug : Book “Las Vegas and Grand Canyon” Photo and guide book / Mates Publishing /Photographer and Designer

Aug : Tokyo big sight photo contest / Eco Art Award / Tokyo, JAPAN

Aug : member of the PSJ-Photographic Society of Japan

Sept through 2008 : Gallery Project “Respontes du Artututu” / Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka (TOKYO, JAPAN)

Sept-Dec : “3 on 3″ group Exhibition in Australia / Invited Artist

Sponsored by University of Southern Queensland

 

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□ Before 2006

Dec 2006 : His First solo Exhibition “Soul America” / Tokyo Big Sight Design Fest / Tokyo JAPAN

2005 : Art Photo Master Expert / Licensed by International Cultural Collage JAPAN

2005 : Sunshine City Special Exhibition by International Cultural Collage / Invited Artist

2004 : 1st Prize , Asahi Newspaper Award, Minolta Award /

the 7th Sogo Photo Contest / JAPAN

The youngest award winner in the contest history