Title: Photographer, Filmmaker
Location: San Leandro, California, United States
Haro Kagemoto, photographer and filmmaker, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in photography and higher education.
What Mr. Kagemoto has learned over the course of his career that has most benefited him in his professional growth is never giving up and believing in yourself when you are up against any kind of assignment. His advice to others is simple: Keep pushing forward. Today, Mr. Kagemoto celebrates his career in retirement in Oakland, California, where he is known for the incredible photography that he created during his five decade career. He concluded his 28 year tenure with San Francisco State University, where he served as a visiting artist in printmaking and drawing, then later as assistant director of procurement and contracts. Mr. Kagemoto has been successful in his career by adapting to the changing times, noting that the digital era rapidly changed the landscape of photography. Previously, there was a lot of darkroom work, whereas today there is a tremendous amount of software and editing processes that bring photography to life in new and exciting ways.
During his tenure, Mr. Kagemoto was afforded the opportunity to contribute to his industry through roles including director of Wonderland Productions, visiting lecturer for San Francisco State University, printmaking instructor for the University of California Extension and for Communications Village. His hands-on work includes editing a short video entitled, “Hendrix Experience,” directing video documentaries titled, “Visitations” and “Ancient MesoAmerica,” and authored a poetry collection “Orion’s Winter.” His short story, “Daruma” received the Charles Eugene Banks Award from the University of Hawaii.
When asked of his drive, Mr. Kagemoto reflects on his early experiences in photography. In high school, he was inspired by his teacher, Robert Bow, who encouraged him to pursue the field. For three years in high school, he studied camera and photographic darkroom techniques with Mr. Bow. Upon graduating, he worked for Technicolor, Inc. which afforded him to work with their Kodachrome and black-and-white photo processing printers. From there, he continued his photography education and received certification from The School of Modern Photography in New Jersey, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York, New Paltz. Mr. Kagemoto has continued to take photographs in his retirement as his life’s work is also his personal passion. In the future, he hopes to obtain gallery representation, but in the meantime, he is enjoying developing his extensive body of work and selling individual prints online.
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