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Joan Osato

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Our orb, 2012 Medium Film Format, C-print 30 X 60 Inches © J. Osato 2012
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do you love the night?, 2012 Medium Film Format, C-print 30 X 60 Inches © J. Osato 2012
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flower and the bee, 2012 Digital Photography 30 X 60 Inches © 2012
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Word, October 2008 Medium Format Film : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches © http://www.px3.fr/winners/2009/zoom.php?eid=1-10575-09&uid=3229774
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Roy, 2009 Medium Film Format : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches
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Sheena, 2009 Medium Format Film : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches
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Kham, 2009 Medium Format Film : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches
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Yolanda, 2009 Medium Format Film : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches
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thayer in the desert, August 2009 Medium Format Film : Photograph 20 X 20 Inches
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Ambrose Akinmusire, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Evan Bissell, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Chinaka Hodge, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Sean San Jose, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Tanya O, September 2009 Medium Format Film, C Print 20 X 20 Inches
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Traci Tolmaire, January 2010 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Daveed Diggs, January 2010 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Denise, January 2010 Medium Format Film 20 X 20 Inches
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Boulder, CA, December 2009 Medium Format Film 20 X 80 Inches
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islamic mandarin restaurant, san francisco, February 2010 Iphone 30 X 9 Inches
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Seed Pod, December 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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untitled, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Wa'ilua, January 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Flying Dog, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Asilomar, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Josh; 290 Division, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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Gavin; 290 Division, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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dusk; mojave desert, December 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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dusk_series; mojave desert, December 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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dusk_series_acacia; mojave desert, December 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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dusk_series_dogs; mojave desert, December 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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in memory of the tree, August 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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don't, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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word_series; jason, denizen and evan, 2009 Medium Film Format 20
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Mush, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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ocean beach, san francisco, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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red beach, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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sea_series, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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sea_series, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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mall of america, 2009 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches
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power of love, May 2010 Medium Film Format Image Size, 18 X 18 Inches
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power of the lady samurai, May 2010 Medium Film Format Image Size, 18 X 18 Inches
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power of reflection, May 2010 Medium Film Format Image Size, 18 X 18 Inches
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power of the ear, May 2010 Medium Film Format Image Size, 18 X 18 Inches
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Family Portrait Day, Mirrors Cast Photos, Set, December 19, 2009 - April 8, 2010 Medium Format Photography
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Mirrors in Every Corner, Set and Installation, February 2010 Painting, Photography, Mural
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Margo Hall, February 2010
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Mirrors Panorama, February 2010
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Family Portrait Day, December 19, 2009
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Promotional Poster for Exhibit, 2011 Poster © 2011
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Meditation on Timelessness...for your Future Soul, April 2013 Intallation, Video, Audio, Tactile © Joan Osato
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Meditation on Timelessness...For Your Future Soul, April 2013 Installation, Video, Photography, Mixed Media, Audio © Joan Osato
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Meditation on Timelessness...For Your Future Soul, April 2013 Installation Using Video, Audio Soundscape, Found Objects © Joan Osato
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And the rest fell away., 2012 Medium Film Photography 15 X 15 Inches © Joan Osato
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Young Boy: Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe, Thermal, CA, 2013 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 X 0 Inches © Joan Osato
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Woman: Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe, Thermal California, 2013 Medium Film Format 20 X 20 Inches © Joan Osato
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
San Francisco
Birth year
1962
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Tags
cell phone photography photography, hasselblad, gallery, non-profit, installation, landscape, performance, traditional, photography, digital, abstract, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Statement

Joan Osato has played a pivotal role in local and national theater for well over a decade and has been an indispensable part of Youth Speaks since 2001. She served as Youth Speaks' Managing Director from 2001-2007 and has been an Producer, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Production Manager, and Lighting Designer with the Living Word Project. She is currently Producing Director for Youth Speaks and the Living Word Project (the theater repertory company of Youth Speaks) and serves as producer on Youth Speaks' Festivals and Performance Events, as well as LWP works for stage.  She served as director of the Asian American Theater Company from 1997 - 2000 and currently sits on their advisory board. She has brought her multiplicity of production and design talents to Living Word Project Repertory works such as The Break/s, Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, Tree City Legends and Mirrors in Every Corner. She is the inaugural recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission Artist and Communities Partnership Grant for a project she is conducting through Asian American Recovery Services of San Francisco.

She is self-taught photographer, born and raised in San Francisco.  She works mostly in medium film format, preferring to work with existing light, hand held.  Her style is documentary, although her images exude mysterious or dreamlike qualities. Working in color, and black and white, the finished portraits and panoramic landscapes are utilized in large-scale wall murals, installation and visual design for theatre.

She started, and stopped photographing she was a teenager. Documenting the underground scene of her youth; punk rock music, drug addicts, and homeless waifs, she focused her work on the people and places populated her world. Subliminally, she created a photographic essay; a study of people in crisis, a contemplation on human soul and psyche; a meditation exploring individuality and personality in the most critical moments of people’s lives.  Fear, confusion, beauty, potential, and transformation are powerful and universal emotions that were reflected back to the viewer in her work.  In those nascent beginnings of a photographer's journey, individuals on the margins of society were made visible. During the 1980’s her photography was exhibited at SF Camerawork, graced the album cover designs of such iconic San Francisco bands such as Faith No More, and The Pop-o-Pies, and published in the LA Weekly.

After a 25-year hiatus she picked up the camera again in 2008. Since then she has been considered for prestigious awards such as the Prix de la Photographie, and awarded an Exhibition in The Bay Area Currents 2009.  Her work has been exhibited at the Meridien Gallery, Ictus Gallery and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Her notable portraits have been featured in publications including the SF Chronicle, Houston Chronicle,  Koream Magazine,  and Artslant (as the Juried Exhibition Winner in Photography).  She is visual designer for Tree City Legends, by Dennis Kim, directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and is currently working as a designer on two upcoming plays for Campo Santo including The River by Richard Montoya, and Alleluia, by Luis Alfaro, directed by Jonathan Moscone.

Recently she has begun to use the ubiquitous iphone as a tool to create work. Her new series entitled "New River" is a study of California through the lens of the southeast border towns’ area alongside the New River. Spanning photographs that are cultural documentary and portraiture, an evocative and mythical travelogue, and a visual contemplation on the nature of destruction and beauty, this series represents her current body of work. Starting in May of 2010, spanning over 10 different trips via truck and motorcycle, covering over 12,000 miles, criss-crossing California from the US/Mexico border at Calexico, she has documented the environs of the New River Region from Mexicali to its terminus in the Salton Sea, and the land, water, geology, archeological past, towns, and people of her home state of California.