Chino Otsuka

Chino Otsuka

Associate Professor of Film and Photography


The core of my photographic research is based on my autobiographical experience and I use photography and video to explore the fluid and distortable relationship between memory, time and photography. I am particularly interested in the way memory works in relation to snapshot/vernacular photography. This is especially important now as the way we experience photography is undergoing such dramatic change with the proliferation of digital technology for taking and dissemination of photographs.

Working with both personal and public archives, my research has led to a creative research fellowship at the British Library and an artist residency in Nikkei National Museum in Canada. During the fellowship at the British Library I have explored the relationship between sound and image working closely with the Sound Archive Department. My video and photographic works are exhibited internationally in museums such as The J. Paul Getty Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Jehangier Art Gallery, Mumbai and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

Most recently my work has been touring the US museums as the part of the collections from Los Angeles County Museum of Art (exhibiting with artist such as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Bruce Nauman, and Henri Cartier-Bresson). Internationally acclaimed work, Imagine Finding Me, has become the most exhibited work having been shown in over sixteen countries.

My work is written about in educational and academic books such as Langford’s Basic Photography, as well as being included in a series of Norwegian High School textbooks. Work can be found in numerous international museums, such as Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam; Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Wilson Centre of Photography. I have also published four books in Japan as a writer.