Fog and trees on Oshima Island in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki




For the past 10 years, my work has addressed issues of memory, family history and space, both personal and institutional.

Echo is a new body of work that addresses family history in an investigative manner. The name is taken from the newspaper my great grandfather founded in Hawaii in 1897, The Kona Echo. The project combines newly created photographs with existing, older elements: stories, family pictures and artifacts. I’m interested in both gathering family history and adding to it, creating a narrative that is both archival in nature but also fluid.

While the specific elements that make up Echo are deeply personal to my own family history, I’m drawn to the larger subject of American ethnic clarity, and stories of migration and place. American stories may be unique and differ in regards to places of origin and reasons for immigration or displacement, but I’m interested in the idea of viewers finding ways to make connections with this work and their own ancestral paths.



Kevin J. Miyazaki holds a BA in Graphic Design from Drake University in Iowa. He has exhibited nationally and currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & design. Kevin is based in Milwaukee, shoots regularly in nearby Chicago and travels (for the love of a great woman) to St. Louis. His deep family roots in Hawaii means that he’s there often. He was an artist in residence at the center for Photography at Woodstock in 2015.