Mayu Kanamori, was raised in Roppongi, Tokyo. She was educated at the American School in Japan and grew up bilingual in English and Japanese. She moved to Australia in 1981 and studied philosophy and writing at Toorak College in Melbourne.
She started her career in journalism in as a researcher and photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ Tokyo Bureau. Since 1996 Mayu has been working as a freelance photographer and performance maker.
Mayu has received a commendation for United Nations Association Media Peace Award Promotion of Multicultural Issues, Broome NAIDOC Non Indigenous Reconciliation Award and has been a finalist for Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Harries National Digital Awards, Olive Cotton National Photographic Portrait Awards, and Conrad Jupiter’s National Art Prize.
Mayu has contributed to wide range of books and publications and has exhibited and performed throughout Australia and Asia. She is a board member of The Koto Music Institute of Australia.
- Mayu Kanamori’s portrait by Gillianne Tedder