Satoki Nagata Chicago


Multi-Dimensional relationship fill our world. I am searching for symbolic and abstract elements to expose those moments of perceived relations, and discovering them inside my images.

Satoki Nagata Cabrini-Greeen Chicago

Frances Cabrini Rowhouses

Images at Cabrini-Green of Chicago from 2010-2014. Cabrini-Green was located north of downtown Chicago. The longest standing housing within Cabrini-Green, the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses, remained full with people who were born and raised the neighborhood. In an attempt to document the intimate moments of the lives of people, I spent four years inside this community.

Satoki Nagata Lights in Chicago

Lights in Chicago

The feelings of people and their lives in the city wanted to be shown by photographic media. Through my manipulations of light and shadow with off camera flash, subtle yet substantial moments were captured. The surreal abstraction of images allows for interaction of multidirectional story lines and overlapping of dialogues among me as a photographer, subjects, and viewers.

New Faces Satoki Nagata

New Faces

New Faces: Replacing Ever-Present Traumas of the Past These images were created as part of public art campaign, with “child abuse prevention” serving as the focus of this specific project.



From recent works

Satoki Nagata Sister


My sister passed away in October 2009. She had helped me through difficult periods in my life. Our minds were connected even when we were physically separated, she lived in Japan and I in the US. When she died, I could do nothing for her except take photographs. Images are my memory and myself.

No 4 Abondoned passport and toys


In April 2012, I visited Tohoku, Japan, which was devastated by the earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. I traveled from Rikuzentakada, and then moved north to Oofunato, Kmaishi, Unosumai, Miyako, and Toro-city. These coastal cities were decimated. I went looking for images depicting “one year after” on a human level. I visited temporary housing communities, met people, and heard their stories. I wanted to document how residual the impact of such a disaster can be in a single person’s life.