Portraiture work has been a central yet wide-ranging focus. His having worked in the fashion industry for many years has indirectly affected the way he captures his subjects.
Masataka was born in Beppu, a city in southern Japan. After two years of studying medicine, he could not resist his passion for art. He eventually moved to New York City in 1993 to study Men’s and Women’s fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). As a visually oriented person, Masataka has always been fascinated with photography and graphic art, and returned to study photography at FIT.
Having traveled extensively, he enjoys capturing moments that allure the eye. He currently resides in Uptown Manhattan.