About

Biography

From the practice of Zen Buddhism I have learned that our existence is composed of interconnected relationships. This notion has inspired me to use photography to reveal and establish such dynamics and connections.

While in Japan, I attended graduate school where I gained Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience. After moved US in 1992, I started using camera and capture the people and city of Chicago. I learned photography from photojournalist Damaso Reyes.

Professional long-term project started in 2009 with "Chicago Redline station", later it was expanded to  “Cabrini-Green: Frances Cabrini Rowhouses” in 2010. These projects pervades to the present along with all the projects that have emerged from my continuing practice.

Photography is driven by vision and content. I find my subjects by following the currents and finding the social whirlpools of metropolitan Chicago.

I started using a off camera flash on streets in late 2011 to search different images which became my another series called "Lights in Chicago". Through unique illuminations, I aim to capture social and cultural complexities within our society. In opening my own mind to new and often frightful vulnerabilities, I offer the viewer an opportunity for parallel understanding and connectivity.

 
 
Satoki Nagata
 
 

Résumé

 
  
SATOKI NAGATA
Candle LLC
441 East Erie Street UNIT 3211, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA
satoki@satoki.com
www.satoki.com

Professional Experiences

  • Cabrini-Green: Frances Cabrini Rowhouses        2009-present
    Principal Photographer
  • Laramie Street: West-side of Chicago                    2013-present
    A long term photographic documentary project
  • Lights in Chicago series                                              2011-present
  • Freelance photographer
    Documentary, fine art
  • Film maker
    Director of “0.7m The Magnificent Miles”
    Film Preview
    D
    irector of "Couleur de la nature" - Color of Nature
  • Assignment works for Panasonic, Samsung, Starwood Hotels&Resorts, Electric Beats Magazine

 

Education

  • Nagoya University (Japan), Graduate School, in Neuroscience, BS, MS, Ph.D.
  • Study photography with photojournalist Damaso Reyes

 

Awards

  • Third Place, Digital Photography Magazine, July, “Michigan Avenue”, reviewed by Documentary Photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi, 2010
  • First Place, Digital Photography Magazine, September, “Rain, Michigan Avenue”, reviewed by Documentary Photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi, 2010
  • Third Place, Digital Photography Magazine, January,  “Advertisement”, reviewed by Documentary Photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi, 2011
  • “PHOTO AWARD DOUBLE, PHOTO AWARD SINGLE” in 2010-2011, Digital Photography Magazine, 2011

 

Exhibitions

  • Lights in the City in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan June 2016, multimedia presentation, Solo show
  • Mediterraneum Photo Fest 2016, Roma, Italy, June 2016, Group Show
  • Public art for Inside-out, Pioneer Court/Tribune Tower, April 1-24, 2015, Chicago, Solo Show
  • Mediterraneum Photo Fest 2014, Siracusa, Italy, October 2014-2015, Group Show
  • Ankoku, Matières Noires, Gallerie Da-End, November 8-December 20, 2014, Paris, France, Group Show
  • Mujo-kan, Gallerie Da-End, November 5-December 21, 2013 Paris, France, Group Show
  • Strange Beauty Show, December 2 2012-January 31, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois, Solo show
  • Lights in The City: Chicago photographs by Satoki Nagata, Harold Washington Library Center, June 28-August 23, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois, Solo show
  • Design Cloud Gallery, December 7, 2012-January 31, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois, Solo show
  • Street Level, Design Cloud Gallery April 12-31, 2012
    Chicago, Illinois, group show
  • Chicago the Beautiful, Chicago Art Space March 30-present, 2012
    Chicago, Illinois, Group show
  • BLACKCLOUD GALLERY February 1-28, 2011
    Chicago, Illinois, Group show
  • Chicago the Beautiful, Chicago Art Space February 29, 2012
    Chicago, Illinois, Group show
  • BLACKCLOUD GALLERY January 1-31, 2011
    Chicago, Illinois, Group show
  • BLACKCLOUD GALLERY December 1-31, 2010
    Chicago, Illinois, Group show

 Books

  • “I wanted to be a butterfly”, documentary, self-published
  • Cabrini-Green: Frances Cabrini Rowhouses, self-published