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Motoya Nakamura

Motoya Nakamura was born in Nagoya, Japan, and came to the United States two decades ago after falling in love with J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. He saved money by teaching windsurfing (“because I do not have to wear a tie”) and enrolled in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri where he studied documentary photography. He has been working as a newspaper photographer ever since: “Working for newspapers gave me tickets to unknown worlds every day.” In 2000, Motoya joined the staff at The Oregonian, and lives in Portland with his wife and two sons.

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Aftershock: A Report From Japan

Rich Read
Motoya Nakamura

Aftershock: A Report From JapanOn March 11, Japan was struck by a magnitude-9 earthquake, the most powerful quake to hit the country in recorded history. This is a rare and timely opportunity to experience the stories and images of this terrible tragedy direct from the front lines. Read More ››



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