Makoto Ishizuka was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1982. After working as a musician and assistant director of a popular TV program in Tokyo, he got a chance to meet Akihiro Nishino, an acclaimed author/illustrator of children’s books and a member of the popular Japanese comedian duo named King Kong. Since then, he has helped to make the duo’s promotional films and annual events for which Ishizuka’s work is highly praised. Working alongside talented comedians, filmmakers and photographers, he has been expanding his career in not only film production but also photography.
His passion for photography started after meetings those in need in society who are disabled and struggle with physical and or mental illnesses. His thoughts toward this population were a little bit biased initially, but they were dramatically changed after a meeting with a mom and her disabled child. He offered to take a photo of the child, thinking that likely they would reject the offer. To his surprise, they were rather happy with the offer from a professional photographer like Makoto. He realized that his work could shed a light on those in need.
This single event eventually led him to focus on portraits. He has captured portraits of over 300 people so far, all standing straight with their feet shoulder width apart, looking directly at his lens. This specific portrait style got an attention and now called “Ishizuka-Dachi.” This is his first “Ishizuka-Dachi” photo exhibition.
Generous monetary supports, totaling $17,000, from his supporters and friends in both Japan and US made it possible to hold this exhibition.
Makoto Ishizuka himself will be in the gallery during the exhibition. Please feel free to come by. He is looking forward to meeting you there. Thank you.