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Artist George Nobechi

  • JDAC 700 East 12th Street Hastings, NE, 68901 United States (map)

One of the world’s prominent emerging photographers, George Nobechi’s images reveal a world seen by few others, but experienced by everyone. Nobechi will discuss his work in a keynote artist lecture at 7 pm on April 5 in Hastings College’s French Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s a rare opportunity to hear a photographer as talented and articulate as George Nobechi speak, especially when one considers he is emerging as one of the great new talents in international photography,” said Brett Erickson, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Hastings College.

Nobechi is a Tokyo-born, Japanese/Canadian photographer, and a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History and International Relations. When he was 19 his father suddenly passed away, changing the course of his life and informing his future work; he left Vancouver upon graduation and forged a 14-year career in the business world in Tokyo and New York.

In 2008 he embarked on a solo journey around the world through 14 countries on six continents in a quest to find peace with the death of his father. In March of 2015, Nobechi left New York and has since traveled continuously, making new work inspired by the impermanence of the theatre of life as it unfolds just beyond our reach.

Nobechi has garnered international awards and recognition for his work, with some highlights including selection as a finalist to "Critical Mass" as a global top 200 emerging photographer in 2016, a Gold Prize in the first annual Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), selection by curators for the Norman Rockwell Museum to a fine art exhibition in Lenox, MA, and a feature on "The Candid Frame," one of the most prestigious photography podcasts in the world, as well as numerous group exhibitions around the country.

Nobechi has taught photography at the American School in Japan (ASIJ), Tokyo, the British School in Tokyo (BST), and for the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico and in Japan. He now splits his time between the expansive desert landscape of southern Arizona and the Japanese countryside.