June 2009


Motoya Nakamura & Jan Sonnenmair

Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Portland artists Motoya Nakamura and Jan Sonnenmair during the month of June. The exhibition is a celebration of Portland’s quirky denizens and vibrant arts scene.


Motoya Nakamura will be showing portraits of the “movers and shakers” in the Portland arts scene. A self-designed assignment published serially in the Oregonian’s Arts and Entertainment section from 2002 – 2007, the images are beautifully crafted portraits of some of the many artists and curators who have called Portland home.

Included in the exhibition are portraits of Portland Art Museum Director Brian Ferriso, painter Henk Pander, Cooley Gallery Director Stephanie Snyder, dancer Tahni Holt, painter Sally Haley, sculptor and mixed media artist Lillian Pitt, comedian and actress Damali Ayo, curatorial team Charm Bracelet (Brad Adkins and Christopher Buckingham), and more.

Motoya Nakamura grew up in Nagoya, Japan. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and children. He is a staff photographer for the Oregonian.


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Jan Sonnenmair will be showing fun portraits of Portlanders stepping out on the town in their fashionable best. Shot along Alberta Street during the Last Thursday Art Walk, the portraits are a lively, colorful paean to Portland’s unique sense of style.

Portlander Jan Sonnenmair is an award winning photojournalist and commercial photographer. Her work has appeared in magazines all over the world. She is known for creating life stories and images that speak to the heart of her subject. Her work is currently focused on projects having to do with environmental and social issues, though she also shoots lifestyle projects for corporations, magazines and non-profits.

Jan has been the recipient of several awards including the World Press Foundation’s Photo Essay Award. Images shot for the Portland non-profit Self Enhancement Inc. will be included in the 2009 Communication Arts Photography annual. She drives (and camps) in a tornado red Eurovan – wave to her if you see her out on the road!.