Bruce Aoki was born in Salt Lake City and was always determined to make his career as a cinematographer and director here without having to move to Hollywood or New York. Although he travels a great deal in his profession he has a wonderful studio here in Salt Lake City.
He took his first photos with a Yashica 35mm SLR that his dad bought him in Japan in 1970. Over the years he has taken portraits as a restful hobby. He has always admired the work of Richard Avedon, George Hurrell and Francesco Scavullo.
He has had state-of-the-art darkrooms in every home. Belatedly Bruce joined the Digital Age and the darkroom has been stored away. He currently shoots with an old school Hasselblad V-system ELX retrofitted with a digital back as well as a Nikon full frame DSLR.
Bruce has attended several Santa Fe Photographic workshops working with celebrity portraitist and art photographer Greg Gorman. Another year he studied nudes with Elizabeth Opalenik in Cumberland Island, Georgia. His third workshop was with digital printing expert, Eliot Cohen, who unlocked the mystery of black & white digital print output.
After a long career as a cinematographer, Bruce has become interested in spending more time on photography. Portraiture that reveals character perpetually intrigues him.