Ryuji Suzuki, photographer

| +1 617 326 7770 | 15 Channel Ctr. St., Boston, MA 02210–3424

Available for marketing, editorial, fashion, advertising, food, interior and other creative assignments. References, testimonials, work samples, etc. available upon request.

ABOUT THE NAME SILVERGRAIN    In traditional darkroom processed black-and-white prints and films, the black pigment in the dark part of the images consists of tiny grains of metallic silver. Although my style evolved with digital imaging technology and rapidly changing market, I will never forget the experience of creating images with all analog equipment. Close

Ryuji Suzuki encodes bold emotion and subtle nuances in photography, creating a visual story. While he loves the 1980s look in advertising photography where everything was beautifully staged and completely polished, he understands that there are demand for more real but captivating images and storytelling in modern marketing visuals.

With his interest in conceptual art and semiotics, Ryuji enjoys shooting images that tell stories. It can be as abstract as interconnectivity of public phones on a quiet street, or glasses of cocktail enjoying the noise of a sophisticated crowd.

Ryuji seeks assignment work for media, marketing, advertising, and corporations. He is tech savvy, result-oriented and proficient with post-production work. He appreciates unique architecture, modern interior and furniture, culinary art, and good typography. An additional value he brings is that he is very knowledgeable about modern content marketing strategies. He is also a bilingual Japanese speaker. Close

Partial list of photography clients

A&E TV series (agent: Departure Films, NYC), Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Aperian Global (San Francisco, CA), Ashcroft Law Firm, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cambridge Interactive Development Corporation, Cisco Systems, Citizens Bank, Delucchi+, Duff & Phelps, LLC, EastHorn Clinical Services in CEE Ltd. (Praha, Czech Republic), E-Factor (NYC), Embassy Suites (agent: Tribe, Inc., Atlanta, GA), Emerge Clinical Site Relations, Ensemble Discovery Corp. (Ensemble Therapeutics), Environ Corp., Harvard University, The Hype Agency (Salem, NH), ISTO É (Brazilian magazine similar to Newsweek in the US), Keller Williams Realty Inc. (Austin, TX), Major Drugs International, Merrill Lynch, MIT, MIT Sloan School of Management, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Mylan Institutional (Rosemont, IL), NorthStar Travel Media (Secaucus, NJ), Northern Power Systems, Novia Strategies, Prysm, Inc. (agent: Thinktiv, Austin, TX), Oldways Preservation Trust, Onset Technology, Inc., PwC, QIAGEN, Renaissance Health, Rowland Reading Foundation (Middleton, WI), Scott James, Siemens Healthcare, Sun Healthcare Group (Sundance Rehabilitation), TD Bank, Timberland (agent: Lizzie Grubman PR & Management, NYC), Top Hat Monocle (Canada), Travel Age West (Los Angeles, CA), Trusteer, United States Postal Inspection Services, University of Massachusetts, Upscale Living magazine.

Available for advertising, editorial, fashion, food and other still life, architecture and other creative assignments. References, testimonials, work samples, etc. available upon request. Close

Film capture still available

Although almost completely disappeared from professional photography scene, Silvergrain is still set up to shoot and process film for select projects. Films are shot and processed just like we used to do before digital, but now scanned and handled just like other digitally captured images.

So why shoot film in 2012? There are a few answers. Shooting film makes me another photographer, different from myself shooting digital. My brain works differently, and by shooting film and digital in one same scene, I get shots by two photographers. Another reason is dynamic range. Digital capture is great for crisp, clean look, but does very poorly when uncontrolled light source is involved, especially in a backlit scene. So, film capture is tremendously more flexible when it comes to shooting with natural light. In addition, the image files scanned from negatives produce classic film look, which is yet to be perfectly emulated by digital workflow. In other words, if you want your images to look unique and unmatched by others, film capture may be a good option, in addition to digital capture. Close

Awards, Publications & Juried Shows:
2011 Best of Advertising Photography and Judge's Choice awards, annual image competition of CIPNE, Commercial and Industrial Photographers of New England. The jury panel consisted of Christine Tieri, President and Creative Strategist at Smith & Jones Idea Agency, Bruce Hudson, a Mastercraftsman of the Professional Photographers of America, and Len Lazure, the photo editor of Telegram & Gazette. • A Feast for the Eyes, juried by Lauren Winsor, NEFA. Art at 12, Fort Point. • ISTO É magazine, a Brazilian weekly magazine similar to Newsweek. • Amour Creole magazine, editorial piece on Haitian fashion designer.

2010 Blue, juried by Amy Ford and Susan Vrotsos. Cambridge Art Association. • New Brahmin, editorial piece on costume design by Marie Antoinette, on a feature article. • Mirrors. A book of self-portrait photography, edited by Gaily Ligaiya Romero.

2009 Upscale Living magazine, Spring 2009. Full page editorial photography. • Make Me Up magazine, Winter 2009. Full page editorial photography.

2008 INsite magazine, various lifestyle photography for editorial pieces.

2007 Boston Fashion Week Photography Exhibition organized and juried by Tonn Model Management, Boston, MA.

2006 Vortex (competition), Blue Man Group, Grand Prize. Work exhibited in Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA. Jury committee included Nora Donnelly, Ricardo Berreto, and Chris McCarthy. • Member’s Prize Show, juried by Hiram Butler. Cambridge Art Association. • Group Exhibition of Traditional Photography, Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA • Member’s Prize Show, juried by Edgar Driscoll. Cambridge Art Association. • Decisive Moments, juried by Judi Rotenberg. Cambridge Art Association. • Photography and Sculpture Show, juried by Leslie Brown. Cambridge Art Association.

Scholarly Publications:
2010 Salvaging and conserving water damaged photographic materials, Journal of Society of Photographic Science and Technology of Japan. 73:3, 180–184.

2005 Four encyclopedia entries: Developing processes, Emulsion, Film: high contrast , and Safelight in: Lynn Warren, ed., Encyclopedia of twentieth century photography. New York: Rutledge. vol. 1, 384–389, vol. 1, 441–442, vol. 1, 520–521, and vol. 3, 1377–1378.

Education:
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Close

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