Gen has lived and traveled across the US and Asia, and considers himself to be a product of multiculturalism. This unique background provides keen observation skills that allow him to capture distinct images.
Having trained as a photojournalist with US newspapers (St. Petersburg Times - Florida, The Kansas City Star - Missouri, and The Hays Daily News - Kansas), Gen is currently a freelance photographer. World Press Photo and others have recognized his work.
Awards and recognitions:
2011 - Exhibition at UIA2011 Tokyo, The 24th World Congress of Architecture
2011 - Special exhibition along with World Press Photo 2011 at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2010 - Guest speaker and presenter at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2010 - Ueno Hikoma Award (Japan) - Winning Images
2009 - National Geographic Int. Photography Contest (Japan) - People category 1st prize
2009 - Guest speaker and presenter at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
2009 - Ueno Hikoma Award (Japan) - Winning Images
2008 - World Press Photo - Daily Life Stories 3rd Prize
2008 - Nikon Emerging Professional Scholarship - The Missouri Photo Workshop
Works have been published and exhibited worldwide in museums, books, magazines, newspapers and websites.