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Masaru Goto is a photographer, and a director of Reminders Photography Stronghold.
"RPS is an independent Tokyo base, dedicated to raising the value of photography and to promoting photography as art"
http://reminders-project.org

Masaru has 28 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. He studied photography at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

His photographs convey a strong message of compassion; highlighting the plight and resilience of ordinary people who are caught in conflicts, suffering under oppression or economically disadvantaged.

In 2002, he won the prestigious Fifty Crows Foundation award for Documentary Photography (former the Mother Jones award) for his photos essay on "got rights? Human Rights in Colombia 1992+2001".

His photography books include My Journal of Cambodia 1997-1998 is a powerful photographic essay about the final years of civil war waged by the Khmer Rouge and Smile in Despair about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Cambodia.

He has vast experience photographing refugees and civilians affected by political upheaval. His work in Kashmir documented family impact by the Indian-led militarization;
his photographs from Aceh, a part of Indonesia, were commissioned by Terre des hommes (TDH) Germany and Asian Forum for Human rights and Development (Forum Asia), a regional human rights organization and for an International information campaign.

Most recently, he has been working in Southern Thailand in Muslim communities affected by the outbreak of violence that erupted earlier this year. And he had currently finished in book project in collaboration with Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) about the refugees along Thai-Burmese border.

He immerses himself in long -term documentary project; spending time with the people in his images and sharing their sense of humanity.

For the past four years, he has devoted himself to a work-in -progress on the AIDS crisis in Cambodia. His photos portray the stigma and abandonment experienced by many people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. This work presented at the Bangkok International AIDS conference in July 2004.

And 2004, his images of Kashmir received "The Ueno Hikoma Award", also images of HIV/AIDS in Cambodia won two of the category, "LOVE" and "ILLNESS" for "the River of Life" World Health Organization(WHO)International photo competition. And 2005, he received
"The Grand Prize" for his book "Smile in Despair:Stories from a Cambodian AIDS ward" from Sagamihara city in Japan.

He strongly believes in sharing his photographs with NGO's and civil society groups for advocacy and information campaigns on the issues he passionately examines in his work.
He has participated in numerous campaigns on human right and social issues.

He is a member of judge for photo conpetition, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, and Silpakorn University/Bangkok.

  Main site
http://www.masarugoto.com

  Photo Archive site
http://masarugoto.photoshelter.com

  Blog
http://masarugoto.tumblr.com/

  Facebook@
http://www.facebook.com/masaru.goto

  Twitter
https://twitter.com/MasaruGoto

  THE TSUNAMI TRAGEDY THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES @ ASIA MEDIA FORUM/July 2006

  VISUAL THERAPY @ THAI DAY/July 2006

  VISIBLE DARKNESS @ NATION/August 2004

  CAMERA OF CONSCCIENCE @ NATION/July 2001


award
*hThe Grand Prize"
Photo City Sagamihara
General Photography Festival
Sagamihara city & Mainichi Newspaper/2005

*"The Ueno Hikoma Award"
Kyushu Sangyo University & Mainichi Newspaper/2004

*"The River of Life:Love and Illness"
World Health Organization (WHO)/2004
  http://www.who.int

*"The Photo Fund 2002"
International Fund for Documentary Photography(IFDP)
Fifty Crows Foundation/2002
  http://www.fiftycrows.org


book
*"Smile in Despair:Stories from a Cambodian AIDS ward"
Mekong Publishing, Tokyo 2005


*"Between Worlds"
Twenty Years on the Border
Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), Bangkok 2004

*"My Journal in Cambodia"
Mekong Publishing, Tokyo 1999



client
Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human rights and Development (Forum Asia),
International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNITED NATION, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNESCAP,
The World Bank, Action Aid, Thailand Burma Border consortium (TBBC), Japan Red Cross,
Terre des homes(TDH Germany), etcc



publication
Esquire, Dazed and Confused, Vogue, AERA Magazine, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, Nation, Bangkok Post, USA Today, South China Morning Post, Ojo de pez, Pictorial Post, etcc


exhibition/campaign/event@
*Photo Exhibision/Lecture. October 2010
International Orange Photo Festival, Changsha, China
http://www.iopf.com.cn

*FCCT photo exhibition. June to Aug, 2010
-Through the lens: Bangkok's political unrest-
Photographers:
- Agnes Dherbeys - Athit Perawongmetha - Masaru Goto - Nick Nostitz -
Olivier Sarbil - Patrick de Noirmont - Roger Arnold - Siripong
Kanjanabut - Vinai Dithajohn, Editor: Olivier Nilsson
http://fccthai.com/items/318.html

*“View from the Trenches: The Dramatic End to the Red Shirts' Rally”
Cameramen and journalists discuss their first-hand experiences
-Panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand- June 2010
http://fccthai.com/items/316.html

*Online Symposium
Seeking Justice - Social Activism through Journalism & Documentary Practice
The Centre for Documentary Practice/Griffith University/Australia/October 15th 2009
  http://cdp.edu.au/cdp/conferences-and-events

*Enduring Scars: Sri Lanka's Aftermath
-Slide show night-
The Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA/September 2009
  http://www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

*-LOST LOVED ONES-
Photographic Exhibition
At Cinema House RCA in Bangkok/August 2009
  http://www.houserama.com

*gLOST LOVED ONES"
Photographs by Masaru Goto / Poem writing by Korakot Nym Punlopruksa
The Move Media Rights Festival/October 14 Memorial Hall/May 1st to 6th 2009

  http://www.mmrf-asia.org/index.html

*gLost loved ones:
Portraits from the Deep South into the Red Zoneh

PhotoZero 2009/Raindogs Bar/Bangkok/March 13th to 15th 2009
  http://www.photozero.org/

*gLost loved ones:
Portraits from the Deep South into the Red Zoneh
"Chobi Mela V"@International Festival of Photography
Dhaka, Bangladesh/Jan 2009


*gLost loved ones:
Portraits from the Deep South into the Red Zoneh
gLa Fe^te 2008h French Cultual Festival 2008
Photo Exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art/Bangkok/June 2008
  http://www.tanggallery.com/

*"Portraits on the other shore:
People living in the Hisabetu Buraku"

Photo campain with Osaka Human Rights Association/2007-2008

*gLost loved ones:
Portraits from the Deep South into the Red Zoneh
Photo campaign with Team Soraya(local NGO)/South Thailand/2007


*Chobi Mela IV - International Festival of Photography
" Tears cloud Peace"
photo exxhibition
Drik Gallery, House 58, Road,15/A(New)
Dhanmondi, Dhaka, BANGLADESH /Nov 2006

  http://www.chobimela.org

*"HUMANS FOR SALE "@
photo exxhibition
GreenRice Gallery, San Jose, California, USA/Nov 2006

 http://www.greenricegallery.com

*"Who cares?" HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
*"Kashmir"

Slide presentation
Workshop in Asia, Bangkok/July 2006
  http://www.workshopasia.com

*"inSIGHT OUT!"
Creative Multi-Media Training for Youth in Aceh and Thailand
Project Photo exhibition at KINOKUNIYA bookstore in Siam Paragon, Bangkok/July 2006
  visit gallery
  http://www.insightout-project.org

*"Who cares?" HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Slide presentation, UNAIDS
Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT)/June 2006

*"Smile in Despair: Stories from a Cambodian AIDS ward"
Photo exhibition, Nilkon Salon, shinjyuku, Tokyo/December 2005

*"Smile in Despair: Stories from a Cambodian AIDS ward"
Photo exhibition
*"inSIGHT OUT!"
Creative Multi-Media Training for Youth in Aceh and Thailand
Slide presentation
Sagaminara-city Hall, Kanawgawa, Japan/September 2005

*"Smile in Despair: Stories from a Cambodian AIDS ward"
Photo exhibition, Kinokuniya gallery in Shinjyuku, Tokyo,Japan/May 2005

*"Reminders Showcase 2"
*ginSIGHT OUT!"
Participatory photography with children in Aceh, North Sumatra
Slide presentation, Tokyo Metropolitan Photo Museum, Japan/May 2005

*"HIV/AIDS in the Age of Globalization"
Group Photo exhibition, The National Museum of World Cultures, Sweden/November 2004
  http://www.varldskulturmuseet.se

*"Kashmir"
Photo exhibition, The Ueno Hikoma Award
Kyusyu Sangyo University & Tokyo Metropolitan Photo Museum, Japan/November 2004

*"Displaced"
Photo exhibition
Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) & AJA project
Chang Mai University, Thailand/September 2004
  http://www.ajaproject.org/
 
http://www.tbbc.org/

*gWho cares? HIV/AIDS in Cambodiah
Slide presentation, 16th International Festival of Photojournalism
Visa pour l'Image - Perpignan, France/August 2004

*gCambodia:after the civil war endedh
Slide presentation, Asia- Pacific Human Rights information Center
Hurights Osaka, Japan/August 2004

*gWho cares? HIV/AIDS in Cambodiah  
Photo exxhibition & slide presentation, Yokohama YMCA, Japan/August 2004

*"Cambodia: War and Peace"
Photo exhibition and slide presentation, Itami city, Japan/August 2004

*gWho cares?" HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Photo exhibition and slide presentation@-Goethe-Instituts-
International AIDS conference in Bangkok, Thailand/July 2004
  http://www.aids2004.org/

*"Reminders Showcase, Kashmir"
Slide presentation, Tokyo Metropolitan Photo Museum, Japan/May 2004

*gReminders Showcase, Re:warh
Re:war Magazine published, Photo exhibition, Konika Minolta plaza, Tokyo Japan/May 2004

*"Kashmir"
Photo exhibition:Ueno Hikoma Award, Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan/May 2004

*gWho cares? HIV/AIDS in Cambodiah
Slide presentation, Yokohama YMCA, Japan/December 2003

*"Urgent Action Neededh HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Photo exhibition and slide presentation
Friends Theater, Phnom Penh, Cambodia/September 2003

*"Dare to Care"
Photo exhibition
59 th Commission Session for United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Thailand/September 2003
  http://www.unescap.org

*"Urgent Action Needed" HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Photo exhibition and slide presentation
The Japan Foundation Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand/July 2003

*gHIV/AIDS in Asiah
Photo exhibition, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Japan/July 2002

*"Got rights? Human rights in Colombia 1992+2001"
Photo exhibition, Fifty Crows foundation Gallery, San Francisco/October 2002

*"Illuminating Development"
The World Bank/July 2002
  http://www.worldbank.org

*"The Images of Aceh"
Photo exhibition, The Japan Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand/April 2002

*"The Images of Aceh"
Photo exhibition and slide presentation
Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT) & Thammasat University, Thailand/March 2002

*"International campaign Against Armed Conflict in Aceh"
CD-R producing, book publishing, Photo exhibition in Bangkok, New York, Berlin,
Tokyo/August 2001-

*"Got rights?:Human rights in Colombia 1992+2001"
Photo exhibition
Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT)/August 2001

*"Cambodia"
Photo exhibition for Mid-Term Review of UN Decade for Human Rights Education
Asia-Pacific Human Rights information Center, HURIGHTS OSAKA, Japan/December 2000

*"Stop the Land Mines"
Slide presentation, Exhibition, Advocacy Campaign
Japan Red Cross Osaka, Japan/December 2000

*"Save the Children"
Slide presentation/Exhibition/Advocacy Campaign
Amnesty International Osaka, Japan/November 2000

*"My journal in Cambodia"
Photo exhibition
Kinokuniya book store, Bangkok, Thailand/July 2000

*"Stop the torture"
Slide presentation, Exhibition, Advocacy Campaign
Amnesty International Okayama, Japan/May 2000

*"My Journal in Cambodia"
Photo exhibition
Kinokuniya book store, Singapore/February 2000  

*"My Journal in Cambodia"
Photo exhibition
Nikon plaza Tokyo & Gallery Hourai Nagoya, Japan/April 1999


project
*"Thailand Divided: Political Crisis in Thailand"
Photo documentary project. April 2010 to

 

*"Enduring Scars: Sri Lanka's Aftermaths"
Photo Documentary project/War wounded, widows, orphans and war-affected children
in Sri Lanka. 2009 to


*"Fragile Democracy: Political Crisis in Thailand"
Photo Documentary Project. 2007 to 2009


*"Ghosts in the Temple: The Destiny of former Khmer Rouge Soldiers"
Photo Documentary Project about former Khmer Rouge Soldier. 2007 to 2008

*"NIHON-JIN, BURAKU-MIN:
Portraits of Japan's outcast people"

Photo documentary project about the Buraku-Min (tribal people) compose
one of the main minority groups in Japan. 2007-2008


*"inSIGHT OUT!"
Creative Multi-Media Training for Youth in Aceh and Thailand.
Children's Media Center(CMC)/March 2005 to
2006
 
visit gallery
  http://www.insightout-project.org
 
http://www.childrensmediacentre.org/*

*"Poster Project"
The urgency for preparedness for the Avian Influenza Pandemic
Mae Sot, UNICEF Thailand/March 2006

*"Health Project for Burmese Migrants"
Mae Sot, The International Organization for Migration(IOM)/September 2005


*"Between Worlds"
Twenty Years on the Border
Book project in Thai-Burma border.
Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC)/August 2004
  http://www.tbbc.org/

*"Violence in the South"
Photo documentary project in South of Thailand.
Muslim Youth Association in South, Development for South of Thailand/April 2004 to

*gRe:warh
Magazine
project by Reminders Media/May 2004 to
  http://www.reminders-project.org/

*"Victims of History" Story of former Khmer Rouge soldier
Photo documentary project in Cambodia.
Documentation Center of Cambodia, Cambdia Daily, Phnom Penh Post, Reuters Phnom Penh, Associated Press Phnom Penh, Deutsche Presse Agentur GmbH (DPA)/November 2003 to
  http://www.dccam.org/

*"Urgent Action Neededh HIV/AIDS in Cambodia
Photo documentary project.
Battambang Referral Hospital, Tean Thor Asspcoatopm(TTA), Aids network,

Komar Rik Reay Association Center, Vocational Training Center Battambang,
Siem Reap Province Hospital,
UNAIDS, UNESCAP, UNICEF, The World Bank,
Action Aid/September 2003 to

*"The Child Trafficking"
Photo documentary project in Cambodia/Thailand border.
Cambodian Woman for Peace and Development(CWPD), Mith Samlanh (Friends),
Cambodian Women's Crisis Center, Sacrifice Family and Orphans Development Association (SFODA), Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO),

Chivith Mey(New Life), World Vision, Operations Ennfats de Battambang(O.E.B),
Krousar Thmey/February 2003 to

*"Kashmir"
Photo documentary project.
Association of Human Rights organization in Kashmir, THE OTHER MEDIA, INDIAN EXPRESS,
Front Line, Shari Kashmir Institute of Medical Science(SKIMS), Bone and Joint Hospital, Bitul-Hilah(Orphanage)/November 2002 to

*"International campaign Against Armed Conflict in Aceh"
The International Network For Human Rights in Aceh, Terre des homes (TDH Germany),
Asian Forum for Human rights and Development (Forum Asia), Legal Aid Foundation Aceh,
KONTRAS Aceh, KKSP Foundation, Perempuan Merdeka, Forum Rakyat.
CD-R producing, book publishing, Photo exhibition in Bangkok,New York, Berlin,
Tokyo/August 2001 to

*"HIV/AIDS in Cambodia"
Photo documentary project.
Battambang Referral Hospital, Battambang Military Hospital, Baw bal district hospital,
Sudau district clinic, Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RTTA), Cambodian Health Education Development (CHED), Tean Thor Asspcoatopm(TTA), Aids network, UNAIDS, UNESCAP, UNICEF, The World Bank, Action Aid, Aids Network/May 2001 to

*Got rights? Human rights in Colombia
Photo documentary project in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, South America.
CorporacioLn Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos(CREDHOS),
Women's community centre, Casa de la Mujer, OrganizacioLn Femenina Popular(OFP),
Equipos Cristianos de Accion por la Paz(ECAP), Peace Brigades International,
El Tiempo, Associated Press/August 2000

*"Civil war"
Photo documentary project in Cambodia.
Cambodia Daily, Phnom Penh Post, Reuters, Associated Press, Battambang Referral Hospital,
Deutsche Presse Agentur GmbH (DPA)/April 1994 to 1998

*"Barrancabermeja:one of the most dangerous city in Colombia"
Photo documentary project in Colombia, South America.
CorporacioLn Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos(CREDHOS),
La Prensa, Revista Informativa de Santander, Ronda Informativa de Santander,
Vanguardia Liberal, CRUZ ROJA COLOMBIANA/May 1991 to 1993




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