Flag Photo Cow, Rebecca & Susumu
Susumu Sato Photography
Susumu Satos photography has spanned for more than 2 decades
in Manhattan. From his early street photography, in the tradition
of great American and European master photographers, through editorial
work including covers for New York Time Magazine, Self and Money.
This also included still-life advertising projects, and personal
projects blending technical skill with his eye for portraiture.
Known professionally as Sato, the photographer grew up in Japan
and graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1973. He
moved to Manhattan that year, and soon began photographing the street
life of the city, in the tradition of his heroes - documentary photographers
Lee Friedlander, Gary Winogrand, and most importantly CartierBresson.
the late '70s, he worked as an assistant in advertising photography
where he learned still-life portraiture of commercial products and
went on to master the use of in-studio water effects. For the past
two decades he has alternated between advertising work - earning
prestigious awards including the Gold Medal, Addy, and Clio for
his work for such clients as Movado,
other highprofile accounts to personal projects including
18 years documenting Greenwich Villages Halloween Parade;
portraiture (including celebrities sitting in and around The Harkonnen
Chair designed by H.R. GIGER for the film DUNE),
environmental portraiture of celebrities in their unique homes (such
as Actress Sylvia Miles in her New York apartment, Las Vegas entertainers
and Roy in their Jungle
Palace, among others); and unique doll collections - particularly
of ancient dolls found damaged from years of improper storage, which
Sato photographs in settings juxtaposing the antiquity of the dolls
with nature or modern environments.
still-lifes of flags from many nations recreated in blossoms. The
Sato Flower Flag portraits that received the Award of
Excellence from the United Nations Society for Artists and Writers
and the American Flag Institute in 1999 are in the collections of
President Bush, Senior, the late President Boris Yeltsin of Russia
and a host of other national leaders and celebrities. They are also
represented in the permanent collection of the Museum for the Arts
of South Texas.
the famed Cow Parade in New York City, Sato used more than one hundred
photographs of the American Flower Flag to collage a life-size cow,
Susumu Sato Flower Flag Photo Cow. The cow was situated
in Battery Park in New York City and was one of the selected few
chosen for the life auction at the Cipriani, NYC. In the summer
of 2008 Sato collaged a large cat with 140 photos calling this cat
Susumu Sato Flower Flag Photo Cat for the Cat Parade
in Catskill, New York.
has found a wealth of subjects in Windham, Northern Catskill Mountains
to explore and photograph. As an example, the Windham Snow
more of Satos work on his web site: www.susumusato.com
has a long tradition of charitable donations throughout his career
supporting several Aids charities, the Homeless and Doctors without
Borders, and the York City Opera to name a few.
His fine art photographs are exhibited in galleries, corporate collections
and museums in Europe and the USA.
Sato divides his time between New York City, travel and Windham,
the vacation paradise in the Northern Catskills.