Photographer and graphic designer Jerry Takigawa has been a social and environmental advocate since 1969. Takigawa received a BFA, with an emphasis in painting, from San Francisco State University in 1967. He studied photography under Don Worth. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he utilized his art and design skills to help develop a pilot VISTA program (Volunteers in Service to America) in Oakland, California. In 1982, he became the first photographer to receive the Imogen Cunningham Award for color photography. Takigawa is a former president of People in Communications Arts, a former trustee of the Monterey Museum of Art, and a former president and trustee of the Center for Photographic Art. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.
Takigawa’s work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the Monterey Museum of Art, The San Francisco Foundation, the University of Louisville, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, the Imogen Cunningham Trust, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Growing up in a Japanese American post-internment household, I learned that beauty and harmony do not simply befall us but come into being through the very act of seeking them. The WWII internment camps challenged my parents’ rights as citizens while their cultural instincts led them to seek beauty over bias. My upbringing fused east and west polarities—and found new expression through my art
I see myself as an artist who works in photography. I make art so that I might know myself better. I believe every image holds a secret about its maker and it’s incumbent on the artist to reveal that secret. I see the camera as a tool. The camera is not so much a tool to see but to share what we see. Cameras make photographs—photographers make art. By this assertion, I believe personal growth and artistic growth are synonymous.