Biography

Atsuko Morita was born in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 2005. In 2010, she earned a BFA from the Academy of Art University. Prior to attending university in San Francisco, she studied traditional gelatin silver printing at the Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan. Atsuko officially decided to pursue photography upon returning to Japan after a year-long journey through Asia, New Zealand and North America. She had hundreds of rolls of film documenting her travels captured with a plastic point and shot 35mm camera. An instructor at Kyoto University of Art and Design took notice of her travel photographs and encouraged her to attend the photography workshops offered at Kyoto University. He introduced her to pinhole photography and they worked together to build a darkroom for Atsuko to use. Atsuko's determination to progress as an artist lead her to leave Japan to study photography in the United States. She uses traditional film photography and wet darkroom techniques to produce her projects. She finds an elegant preciousness to traditional photography because analog mimics life.



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BORN


1972, Osaka, Japan


EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS


2010 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree


2008, 2007 Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA Photogravure Workshop


2003 Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan Advanced Gelatin Silver Workshop


EXHIBITIONS


2021 Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts/Providence, RI/Photography without a Lens/Juried Exhibition


2019-2022 World of Frida/Group Exhibition/TRAVELING SHOW

   2019 Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad, NM, Nov. 9, – Jan. 25,


   2020 Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL, Feb. 22 - April 26,


   2020 Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA, May 23 - Aug. 16,


   2020 California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA, Sept. 19 - Nov. 15,


   2020 Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL,Dec. 12 - Feb. 27,


   2021 International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX, March 27 - Aug. 29,


   2021 R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA / PENDING, Sept. 25 - Nov. 21,



2019 The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards/ 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award/Professional section/ Honorable mention


2019 Soho Photo Gallery, New York/NY International Krappy Kamera Competition/Juried Exhibition


2019 The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Contemporary Portraiture /Juried Exhibition


2018 Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo, CA Bay Area Currents/Juried Exhibition


2018 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show/Juried Exhibition


2018 Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA The World of Frida/Juried Exhibition/Juror’s award


2018 Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT Water/Juried Exhibition/Director’s Award


2017 Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA Student Show


2017/Juried Exhibition/Fist place Best of Show


2016 Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA Toy Camera Festival/Juried Exhibition


2016 The Image flow, Mill Valley, CA Alternative Process Photography/Juried Exhibition


2016 SPACE 236, San Francisco, CA Intersections/Group Exhibition


2015-2016 Photo place Gallery, Middlebury, VT Alternative Camera: Pinholes to Plastic/Juried Exhibition


2014 Sue Tallon Photography Studio, San Francisco, CA Art to Benefit AIDS LIFECYCLE


2013-2014 RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA Crafted at Rayko/Group Exhibition


2013 RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA 4th Annual Juried Pinhole Show/Honorable mention


2013 SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA DIAL COLLECT/Residency Group Exhibition


2012 Nodo Galeria, Tijuana, B.C, Mexico Nueva Alternative/EYE 94 Group Exhibitions


2012 Book & job Gallery, San Francisco, CA Dust Mag #3 Exhibition/Group Exhibition


2012 Make Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA Everything Changes/Duo Exhibition


2011 Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA/ TASTY/Juried exhibition


2011 Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA PROOF/Juried exhibition


2011 Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA A Trace of Evidence, EYE94 Group Exhibition


2011 The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Food/International juried exhibition


2011 Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA Open Show #13, Cells Featured presenter


2011 Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA Hope, Group Exhibition Organizer


2011 410 Gallery, San Francisco, CA Cosmos, Solo Exhibition


2010 Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA Grain over Noise, Group Exhibition


2010 SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA Roll Call, Group Exhibition


2010 Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA Communication, EYE94 Group Exhibition


2010 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA Annual Spring Show, Honorable mention, portfolio


2010 RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA 3rd Annual Juried Pinhole Show, Featured Artist


2010 79 New Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CA Humanics, Group Exhibition


2009 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, Group Salon Exhibition


2009 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA Annual Spring Show, 3rd Place, Portraiture


2008 Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA 2nd Annual Juried Pinhole Photography, Group Exhibition


2004 Maronie Gallery, Kyoto, Japan 9th Annual How Are You, PHOTOGRAPHY? Group Exhibition


2002 Ississ Gallery, Kyoto, Japan 7th Annual How Are You, PHOTOGRAPHY? Group Exhibition


PUBLICATIONS 2018

Water/Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2010   

Roll Call/SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA 2009   

Magical Secrets About Chine Colle/Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, 2009

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