One of the first photobloggers in New York City, Rion has been documenting with photography since late 2000. From street photography to personal shots taken in cities around the world, more than 6,000 photos have been published on this site.

My name is Rion Nakaya. I live in New York City  Paris, France  London, England in Oakland, California

I'm currently shooting with a Canon 30D, a Sigma 18-50mm DC f:2.8 EX Lens and occasionally with the Canon Telephoto EF 85mm f1.8.

I use to shoot with the canon slr eos digital rebel (until it died in November 2006), the kit EFS 18-55mm lens (until it died in March 2006), a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX Lens (until it died in 2009), and occasionally with the canon 50mm f1.8 (which I don't recommend). Older photos are taken with a digital elph (first the s100, then the s230).

My photos have been published in Gawker, Gothamist, The Morning News, New York Metro, The New York Sun and The Village Voice. You can also find interviews or further photography of mine here:

JPG Magazine // Issue 6: Oops!
Metro Newspaper New York // Blogarithms: Photo Finish
The Morning News // Faces of the Marathon
Kulture Flash // Interview with artist Ernesto Neto // Flickr: The Friendster of Photo Sites
The Photobloggies // 2005 Winner: Best Photoblog Design
Village Voice // Forbidden Photos, Anyone? // Picture Pages: Websites for People Who Hate to Read
The Mirror Project // Rion Nakaya

I always come back to Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Friedlander, and Robert Frank. They've done the kind of work that I wish I did. And often think about doing.

A few friends have also directly influenced my work: Raul Gutierrez, Joseph Holmes, Michael David Murphy, and Peter Ross. A fuller list of inspirations and interests are saved at / riondotnu.

ABOUT THIS SITE is designed and maintained by me (Rion), with development by Michael Cosentino. I bought the url in January, 1999 and started photoblogging here in late 2000. The current archives go back to April, 2001. All work on this site is © Rion Nakaya

Besides being here, you can find me on flickr, tumblr,, and twitter. I curate a blog (with my three year old) that features science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good videos and stuff called The Kid Should See This. You can find my CV/Resume on LinkedIn.







Rion Nakaya is an expat photoblogger in NYC Paris London.

As one of the first New York City photobloggers, Rion has been posting her photos online in narrative sets since late 2000. (Most are on this site.)

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