"Aramasa Taku Photographs — Apocalypse," Museum of Musashino Art University, Tokyo (2006)
Taku Aramasa(新正 卓,Aramasa Taku?, born 1936) is a Japanese photographer.
Born in Tokyo on 15 August 1936, Aramasa moved with his family to Manchukuo in 1940. In 1948 he moved to Sakata, Yamagata. He graduated from Musashino Art School (武蔵野美術学校,Musashino Bijutsu Gakkō?) (now Musashino Art University) in 1960, and set up a design company in which he was an art director, but became a freelance in 1970. He worked as a fashion photographer in Paris from 1973 to 1976. In 1980 he met his parents, from whom he had been separated, and started work on a photographic contribution to the effort of reuniting Japanese war orphans and their biological parents. This work branched into the photography of people of Japanese descent in Hawai'i and South America.
A Portrait of Japanese Immigrants to South America won the Domon Ken Award in 1986; Aramasa subsequently won various other awards.
Aramasa has taught at Musashino Art University from 1993.
Haruka naru sokoku (遥かなる祖国) / A Portrait of Japanese Immigrants to South America. Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1985. ISBN 4-02-255402-9. Text in Japanese and English (English translation by Lora Sharnoff).
Who Am I? War Orphans Left in China. Who Am I? Publishing Committee. 1990.
Shūchō no keifu (酋長の系譜) / Portraits of Native America. Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1993. ISBN 4-06-206731-5.
Monchiku no daichi / Shiberia (沈黙の大地/シベリア) / The Silent Land: Prison Camps in Siberia. Tokyo: Chikuma Shobō, 1995. ISBN 4-480-87274-4.
Yakusoku no daichi / Amerika (約束の大地/アメリカ) / America / Promised Land. Tokyo: Misuzu Shobō, 2000. ISBN 4-622-04422-6. Text in Japanese and English.
^Aramasa sometimes writes his name "Aramassa" (in roman script and with two "s"es), even in contexts for Japanese.
^ abcNiwa Harumi (丹羽晴美), "Aramasa Taku", Nihon shashinka jiten (日本写真家事典) / 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000; ISBN 4-473-01750-8), p.28. In Japanese only, despite the English-language alternative title of the book.
^Note Aramasa's inclusion within Nihon shashinka jiten / 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers, a companion to the gallery.