Kyoko Hamada

Kyoko Hamada (b 1973) was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States at the age of 15. She studied art history and fine art in New York, and Brooklyn where she has lived since 2001. For the past six years she has combined big-budget advertising campaigns for the likes of Microsoft with prize-winning editorial work for the New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly. Earlier this year, her images were included in a group show, Eleven, at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. Her entry, Emily and Her Grandmother, is one of a series of pictures shot on the shores of Lake Placid in upstate New York. Hamada came across the pair accidentally while they were rehearsing a song to perform at a family celebration