Hideaki Itsuno | Japan Portrait Photographer
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by andrew faulk
2w ago
Would I be interested in traveling to Osaka to photograph Hideaki Itsuno for The New York Times? A slight chuckle escaped me as I reread the the email. Typically, I let photography assignments linger in my inbox for a couple of hours before responding (It's important to ensure I'm the right fit for the task before communicating with an editor or commissioning director). Yet, as a portrait photographer based in Japan, this was an opportunity to photograph a legend. This request warranted an immediate reply; as a gamer myself, it was a unique opportunity I couldn't pass. Hideaki Itsuno, a disti ..read more
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Mikimoto Pearls | Japan Editorial Photographer
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by andrew faulk
3w ago
In the heart of Japan the tranquil waters of Ago Bay lap against the shore. Here a harmony between tradition and innovation flourishes. In a space where art intersects with nature, a sacred dance between man and mollusk yields one of the most coveted treasures of the sea: the Mikimoto Akoya pearl. My editorial assignment from The New York Times was to photograph the cultivation process and the tradition of one of the world’s most iconic pieces of jewelry. Kokichi Mikimoto, the pioneer of cultured pearls, discovered a secret hidden in the oyster beds. In the late 1800’s, Mikimoto achieved an a ..read more
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Postcard | NY, New York
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by andrew faulk
1M ago
The rain came down, adding to what was already a melancholy morning. I hopped on a ferry bound for the Statue of Liberty. The boat bounced across the harbor, choppy waters sloshing against its slides. From the deck, I peered at the statue through a veil of rain. She stood solitary, enigmatic against the backdrop of the city. As the ferry drew nearer, I found myself grappling with conflicting emotions. The iconic monument, once a symbol of freedom and hope, seemed to embody a sense of ambiguity and disillusionment. Lady Liberty appeared to feel distant and inscrutable, her original message shr ..read more
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Japanese Koshu | Tokyo Editorial Photographer
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
The Koshu Valley is a verdant and peaceful landscape that exudes the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Though close to Tokyo, the Koshu landscape is nestled amidst rolling hills and towering mountains. It is here, within this lush valley that we find the home of the Koshu grape, the foundation of the Koshu wine and, perhaps, Japan's best-kept secret. Arriving in the city of Katsunuma in the early morning, I was struck by the area’s environmental beauty and was grateful that my travel photography assignment for Hemispheres, United Airlines’ inflight magazine, had taken me to such a calm and sere ..read more
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Tokyo's Rising Chef Stars | Japan Food Photographer
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
Tokyo, the sprawling metropolis of Japan, boasts an exceptional culinary scene that is renowned the world over. With its diverse range of cuisines, Tokyo is a food lover's paradise and a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the wonders of Japanese gastronomy. From traditional Japanese dishes to creative fusion, the city's food culture is a testament to both the country's deep-rooted traditions and innovative spirit. Japanese cuisine has always been known for its emphasis on quality ingredients, and Tokyo takes this to another level. The city's coastal location ensures that the ..read more
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Kyoto Wants You Back | Photographer In Japan
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
Kyoto, Japan is a city that serves as a portal into the heart of Japan's ancient culture. As the former imperial capital, Kyoto is a city steeped in history and tradition. Its streets are lined with ancient temples, shrines, and historic sites, each one holding stories and secrets that stretch back centuries. Kyoto has a magnetism. As a photographer in Japan, I find it hard to break free from the city’s enchantment. At times, walking through Kyoto is like peering into the past. The city's charming neighborhoods are filled with quaint tea houses, traditional shops, and other establishments tha ..read more
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Phuket, Thailand Snapshots | Travel Photographer
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
Phuket, Thailand is a place that invites the soul to slow down and savor the present moment. It is a place where time seems to elongate, allowing thoughts to come and go like lapping waves. The island is a world away from the bustling metropolises of the West, and it has a quiet magic that is all its own. Here, the days stretch out languidly, and the rhythms of life are dictated not by the clock, but by the natural world. As I wandered the island, I was struck by the serenity of its landscapes. The soft, white sand beaches were framed by swaying palm trees, and the turquoise waters of the And ..read more
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Postcard | Prague, Czech Republic
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
The sun is setting low over the Czech city of Prague. I spent the day wandering St. Vitus Cathedral, a gothic labyrinth that rises high above the surrounding buildings, a brooding presence of ancient power and a reminder of the transience of human life. It is a magnificently haunting structure. As I made my way through the cathedral's dimly lit halls, I felt the weight of centuries bearing down upon me, like the oppressive force of an endless night. The dark corners and hidden alcoves whispered secrets of a bygone era, of kings and crusades, of wars and revolutions. The cathedral's architectu ..read more
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Makoto Kagoshima | Editorial Photographer in Japan
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
Makoto Kagoshima is a Japanese artist whose work is at once playful and profound, a celebration of the beauty of the natural world and a meditation on the fragility of life. Born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1967, he has spent his career exploring the possibilities of ceramics and other media, creating pieces that are both whimsical and deeply meaningful. As a photographer in Japan, one of the biggest perks of my job is meeting fellow creatives. Considering this, I was excited to photograph Makoto for a piece commissioned by House & Garden, the UK’s premier lifestyle magazine. In the southern c ..read more
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Okinawa Fragments | Japan Travel Photographer
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by andrew faulk
1y ago
Okinawa, Japan, is a land of serene natural beauty where the turquoise waters of the East China Sea embrace white-sand beaches and the verdant mountains rise majestically towards the sky. As a travel photographer in Japan, Okinawa is irresistible. But the islands of Okinawa, the Japanese tropics, are much more than a paradise for photographers. Okinawa prefecture is also a place of deep reflection, where the scars of history and the challenges of modernity have left indelible marks on the culture and the people. The traditional houses and temples stand as reminders of the island's rich cultur ..read more
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