Koyo Tamaki
Photographic Artist





I would like to re-discover the world through my eyes and techniques. My essential creative clues are: four lines of picture frame, light intensity, tonal density, contrast, texture, and most importantly, “how it looks.” Experience, persistence, intuition, and open mind are also in my arsenal. Without those, I could not make my journey this far.

I walk around the cities. Subject matter can be anything, but I won’t miss things while other people do. Of course, finding something extraordinary is not quite necessary. Photographs of ordinary subjects can be extraordinary pictures. Anything from the world can come in and play together in my photographs. I am grateful if you could see it.

Now with help of digital technology, I enjoy blessings of even more spontaneous photography, which was sometimes impossible with silver based film photography. My work now has a new possibility, which may be visible to my digital work.

Koyo Tamaki


Born in Japan, 1967. Moved to Pakistan and spent his childhood for three years, 1976. Began photographing, 1989. Finished architectural study at the University of Tokyo, followed by career as an architectural engineer for the Japanese government, 1991. Revisited Pakistan and considered photography as his own medium, 1992. Moved to New York City to study at Pratt Institute, 1994. Received M.F.A. in Photography from Pratt Institute, 1997. Established and became the president of Tamkey Photo, LLC, 2003. Currently lives and works in New York City.

Founding member of St Honore Art & Conseil Association d'Echanges Internationaux d'Art et de Culture, Paris, France 2009.

Registered artist at TurningArt, Boston 2011.

Solo Exhibitions:

“What Things Look,” White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

“What Things Look II,” Chapman Cultural Center, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York

“Looking Inside,” Steuben East Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

Group Exhibitions:

Gate to the Truth, Sakano House Museum, Joso-City, Ibaragi, Japan

The Photo Show, Gallery 402, Organization of Independent Artists, New York

“Graduates,” WIP Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

Photographs on this homepage are of gelatin silver prints, toned minimally (1:30) with selenium, print size either 8"x10" or 11"x14", and of electronically generated images (with negative number L160xxxx), size approximately 3400x5200 pixels.