Opening night will feature a slideshow and discussion about Q. Sakamaki's work, led
by Jamie Wellford, picture editor and curator of documentary photography.
On March 31, Q. Sakamaki’s exhibit, China’s Outer Lands, opens at The Half King as Photo Series No. 31. China’s surge to the fore of the global economy has excluded Uighurs, Manchus, Bais, and Mongols—ethnic minorities who have produced some of the empire’s greatest historical figures. Coming from different mother tongues, prohibited or discouraged from participating in the mainstream, they seesaw between conformity or originality, autonomy or dependence.
Raised in Japan, Q. Sakamaki moved to New York in 1986. His interest in documentary photography was sparked by the 1988 Tompkins Square Park riot in New York. His photographs have appeared in books and magazines worldwide and have been the subject of solo shows in New York and Tokyo. His work on Liberian child soldiers is in a worldwide prevention media campaign. Among the many honors he has received are four POYi prizes, two Overseas Press Club awards, and World Press Photo. He has published five books, including “WAR DNA,” covering seven deadly conflicts, and “Tompkins Square Park” (PowerHouse Books, 2008). He is represented by Redux Pictures.
The Half King Photography Series
dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem
with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog
between photographers and writers that underscores the
importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its
photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.