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Akira Suemori is an independent photographer based in London, specialising in portraiture and documentary. He also shoots video. He undertakes editorial and corporate assignments for various clients.
Previously he worked for international news agency The Associated Press in London as a regular stringer shooting hard news and sports for more than six years. Before turning to photography as a profession, he worked for Japanese national broadsheet The Mainichi Newspapers as a staff journalist in Japan.
University of Westminster, M.A. Photographic Journalism, 2004
University of Sussex, M.A. Contemporary War and Peace Studies, 2003
Doshisha University, Politics, 1993
His photographs have appeared in major publications such as TIME Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, Newsweek Japan, WIRED Japan, The Asahi Shimbun, Weekly Toyo Keizai, Days Japan.
The 15 minute Japanese version of his multimedia project 'Letters From a "Spy"' (Original English title: 'A "Spy" Who Admired the Queen') has been shortlisted for the grand prize in the Tokyo Video Festival in 2016, and has been awarded the top prize in the contest of the Human Documentary Film Festival, Abeno, 2013.
His image of Julian Assange has been chosen as a 68th POYi (Pictures Of the Year international) Director's Choice (General News) in 2011.
His pictures have also been published in the British Press Photographers' Association's book '5000+days', and included in its projects: 'New Years Day', 'The Election 2005', 'The July Project', and 'Portraits Project'.