Haruka Sakaguchi is a Japanese documentary photographer currently residing 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 the inextricable relationship between identity and representation. From atomic bomb survivors and their descendants carrying the stigma of radiation sickness to people-of-color actors who are typecast in stereotypical roles, Haruka collaborates with a broad range of communities to document how identity is defined and redefined by media narratives.
Haruka's work has been published on The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, PDN, and The Washington Post among other publications.
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Awards and Recognition
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, New York Times School. 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.
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.