Haruka Sakaguchi (b. 1990) is a Japanese documentary photographer based in New York City. She was born in Osaka, Japan and immigrated to the US with her parents when she was three months old. 

Haruka's documentary work focuses on cultural identity and intergenerational trauma. Her clients include The New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine, ProPublica, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, BBC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, Newsweek and The Washington Post among other publications.

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Awards and Lectures

2023 - Mainstage Speaker, "National Geographic Storytellers Summit" with National Geographic Society. Washington, DC.
2022 - Speaker, "Artist Talks" with Pratt Photo League, Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY.
2022 - Guest Lecturer, "First Year Seminar" with Alexandra Falek, New York University. New York, NY.
2022 - Guest Lecturer, "Visual Narratives" with Nina Berman and Jake A. Price, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. New York, NY.
2021 - Host, “Hiroshima Successors”, The Documentary Podcast, BBC News World Service.
2021 - Winner, Duke Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award, Duke University. Durham, NC.
2021 - Finalist, POY78, Pictures of the Year International, Category: COVID-19 Personal Expression. Columbia, MO.
2021 - Speaker, "Imagemaking and a Global Pandemic", International Center of Photography. New York, NY.
2021 - Speaker, "Disruptive Creativity", Leica Women Summit. New York, NY.
2020 - Winner, Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Awards, Category: Photo Essay. New York, NY.
2020 - Moderator, "Asian Americans on Race and the Pandemic", Photoville Talks. New York, NY.
2020 - Speaker, “Summer Academy Online”, The School of The New York Times. New York, NY.
2020 - Juror, Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship. New York, NY.
2019 - Speaker, "Artist Talk with Griselda San Martin and Haruka Sakaguchi", Photoville Talks. New York, NY.
2019 - Speaker, "Optics: The Visuals of Gentrification", International Center of Photography. New York, NY.
2019 - Speaker, "i3 Photo Lecture: Haruka Sakaguchi", School of Visual Arts. New York, NY.


2022 - "Role Play" at Prada Aoyama. Tokyo, Japan.
2022 - "Role Play" at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada. Milan, Italy.
2021 - “Keeping Love Close: What Does Love Look Like?” with The New York Times at Photoville, Times Square. New York, NY.
2020 - "Asian Americans on Race and the Pandemic" at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn, NY.
2019 - "Typecast" at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn, NY.
2019 - "Typecast" at Photoville LA, Annenberg Space for Photography. Los Angeles, CA.
2017-2018 - "Ban the Bomb", Nobel Peace Center. Oslo, Norway.
2017 - "Perfect City: You’re Next presents Haruka Sakaguchi", Abrons Arts Center. New York, NY.

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