Mayumi was born in 1977 in Onagawa, Miyagi and now reside Tokyo, Japan. She is a photographer who express the dignity of man. She was born and raised to a family who ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930 in the city of Onagawa. She studied at Nihon University, College of Art Department of Photography. March 11, 2011. On this day an incident which changed her life has occurred. Her hometown Onagawa was destroyed by tsunami and her parents went missing. She captures them as an individual and not just a faceless figures; and leave the photographs as proof of their lives.
Mayumi has received the Juror’s Choice from Harridan Award 2016.
Her current work is a hand made book “ The Restoration Will” which has already sold out.
In March 2017 she had a large solo exhibition 'The Restoration Will' at Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo, Japan.
Artist Statement: My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.
One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though in fact that is impossible.
The family snapshots I found were washed white, the images disappearing. The portraits taken by my father were stained, discolored. These scars are similar to the damage seen in my town, similar to my memories which I am slowly losing.
I hope to retain my memory and my family history through this book. By arranging thesephotos, I have attempted to reproduce it.