Multnomah County Communications Office, creative media coordinator – photographer, January 2017 – present. 

The Oregonian/OregonLive, staff photographer/videographer, Portland, Ore., June 2000 – September 2013

The Virginian-Pilot, staff photographer, Norfolk, Va., March 1993 – May 2000



Portland Community College, Introduction to Photography and Digital Photography, Portland, Ore., winter 2014 – present

The Art Institute of Portland, Photojournalism/Documentary Photography, Portland, Ore., winter 2014

Portland State University, Color Photography and Theory, Portland, Ore., fall 2010, fall 2013, summer and fall 2014

Portland Community College Faculty Internship, Digital Photography, Portland, Ore., fall 2009 – spring 2010

Newspace Center for Photography, Visual Memoir, Portland, Ore., winter and summer 2014



Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice

Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2010

Bachelor of Journalism, concentration in Photojournalism

University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo., 1991

Bachelor of Spanish Literature

Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 1987



Images of the 442nd (solo), Oregon State Governor Kate Brown's Office, State Capital Building, Salem, Ore., February 5 - April 4, 2018

Sakura Sakura (solo, Oregon State Capital Building, Salem, Ore., 2016

Sakura Sakura (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center: Japanese American History Museum, Portland, Ore., 2015

Halcyon Days: The Camera in the Garden, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore., 2014

Perimeter: We Live Here Now, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Ore., 2011

Album – Artist Portraits of Artists, The Art Gym 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Ore., 2010

Grown Ups, Disjecta, Portland, Ore., 2010

Being Pulled (solo), Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2010

Images of the 442nd (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center: Japanese American History Museum, Portland, Ore., 2010

A Portland Chronicle (solo), Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Ore., 2009

Reply All, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2009

Sakura Sakura, Reed College Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Ore., 2009

Go For Broke (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland, Ore., 2008

Memory Marches Fourth (solo), 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, Ore., 2008



Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Part of a team of journalists at The Oregonian

examining systematic flaws within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service

Communication Arts Photography Annual, for editorial and institutional

Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (Portland, Ore.), 2014 fro a series of photographs of sakura (cherry) trees at the Japanese American Memorial Plaza, which manifest not only my personal memory but also Japanese American history; and 2009 for photographic portraits and oral history recordings of Japanese American World War II veterans

Pictures of Year – International awards, for feature photo story and illustration

Society of Professional Journalists award, comprehensive coverage ofthe Japan tsunami disaster

Casey Medal for Distinguished Coverage of Children and Family Issues, Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards, for photo essays

Virginia Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Virginia News Photographers Association



Expert in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge and all other aspects of Creative Suite CS6

Fluent in Japanese and conversational in Spanish



"Photo Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk," Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore., 2014

Images of the 44nd,” The 8th Airforce Historical Society, Beaverton, Ore., 2011

“Aftershock: A Report From Japan,” World Affairs Council of Oregon, Portland, Ore., 2011

“Photography Discussion,” 2010 Art Beat Week, Portland Community Center Southeast Center, Portland, Ore., 20



Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland, Ore.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Visual Chronicle, Portland, Ore.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland, Ore.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Ore.



“As If Happiness Had Been Melted Away.” The Oregonian. 11 May. 2011. <>.

Newspace Center for Photography Exhibitions 2002 -2011. Newspace Center for Photography. 2011

Album – Artist Portraits of Artists: The Art Gym 30th Anniversary Exhibition.

The Art Gym Marylhurst University. 2010. 80-83.

Communication Arts Photography Annual 51. Vol. 52. No. 3. July/Aug. 2010. 177

Communication Arts Photography Annual 47. Vol. 48. No. 4. Aug. 2006. 76-77



Lacky, Kayo. "Motoya Nakamura Hopes 'Sakura Sakura' Inspires People to Reflect on Their Own Lives." Oregon Public Broadcasting. March 13, 2015. <>

Kook-Anderson, Grace. "A tree and artist with roots in two worlds." The Oregonian, March 13, 2015. 


"Darkroom To Digital: An Oregon Art Beat Special." Oregon Public Broadcasting. Feb. 04, 2015. <>

Lloyd, Mike. “Motoya Nakamura: Japan’s Disaster Hits Home.” The Oregonian. 11 May, 2010.


Cantor, Allyn. “Perimeter: We Live Here Now.” The Gallery Guide. 6 Feb. 2011

Sullivan, Julie. “Rising Above: Photos Salute the Celebrated Military Service of Sons of Internees Who Fought during WWII.” The Oregonian, 24 Jan. 2011.

“Now on Exhibit: Motoya Nakamura: Images of the 442nd.” Oregon Museums Association, Jan. 2010. <>.



“THEN.NOW.HERE.” Photolucida, Portland, Ore., 2013

Curator for exhibition at Oregon Historical Society and other Portland venues

Visual Chronicle of Portland, Regional Art & Culture Council, Portland, OR, 2009 – 2011

Selection Committee member