I am a Tokyo-based James Beard Award-winning photographer, author, designer, and dining consultant specializing in travel and food culture. I have explored over ninety countries, and have lived – on my own – in seven.
Originally from Manhattan, I have lived in Italy, France, Hong Kong, Thailand, Spain, and Korea, in addition to Japan. For the last five years, Tokyo has been my home. After visiting for the first time 20 years ago, I vowed to live here one day - it all felt simultaneously familiar yet extraordinarily enticing and new.
In September 2020 my newest Japanese food culture book will be released, published by Assouline! More details to follow. My latest book, Tokyo New Wave: 31 Chefs Defining Japan’s Next Generation (Ten Speed Press / Penguin Random House), started as an idea I developed after living in Tokyo for one year. It is my love letter to this city and its distinct gastronomic philosophy - 304 pages including 435 of my James Beard Award winning photographs, 31 essays and interviews. I collaborate regularly with Tokyo's many influential and respected chefs, and have developed relationships on a personal level, allowing me a more profound understanding of Japan. Listen to my interview on the podcast Japan Eats to understand more.
I am Starwood Hotel Group’s first Luxury Collection Global Explorer, my photographs, journal entries and audio narrations describing my travels on six continents are featured in the Luxury Collection Destination Guides (Assouline). I am a tastemaker in Hotel Stories (Assouline), a travel book which showcases unique luxury properties around the world, and the photographer and stylist of Aperitivo (Rizzoli), shot entirely on location throughout Italy. I am also the featured photographer of the book Bvlgari Il Ristorante (Assouline).
In 2007 I received the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Travel Photography for my work in Argentina for Departures Magazine, one of my favorite assignments. I have photographed campaigns and projects for such companies as Cathay Pacific Airlines and Four Seasons Hotels, and magazines such as Travel + Leisure, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest and Departures. Four Magazine and Talkies Magazine have profiled me and my work, and Photo District News featured me as one of the year's best cookbook photographers in PDN's Food Issue for 2017. I have written articles for Saveur, including one about the last day of service at the venerable Hotel Okura in Tokyo before its controversial pre-Olympics closure.
I became a professional photographer by chance, and turned my hobby into my career. PDN (Photo District News) named me one of "30 Photographers to Watch” in 2004. Before this, I had been working in fashion and film public relations for Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Miramax Films.
Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection Global Explorer
St. Regis Hotels
Cathay Pacific Airlines
Four Seasons Hotels
The Rittenhouse Hotel
Travel + Leisure
Wall Street Journal Magazine
Food + Wine
“O” The Oprah Magazine
Four Seasons Magazine
Conde Nast Traveller
BA High Life
Penguin Random House