Associate Professor, 1993-present, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Photography)

After School, Christin 2, 2020
Toned gelatin silver print
22 x 26 inches

After School, Hueston Woods 3, 2020
Toned gelatin silver print
22 x 26 inches

Brief Biography

Jon Masuo Yamashiro was born and raised as a third-generation Okinawan American in the “cultural pastiche” of Honolulu, Hawaii. He received a BFA in 1985 from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by an MFA (Photography) in 1991 from Indiana University. In 1993, Yamashiro began teaching photography at Miami University. He has exhibited his photographs regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2009, he received the prestigious Effective Educator Award presented by Miami University’s Alumni Association for his devotion to students. Yamashiro lives in Liberty, Indiana, with his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Luke. Their daughter, Lydia, is a junior at Miami University.

Artist Statement

As a kid growing up in Hawaii, the hours after the school day ended were special. My friends would ask, “What you doing after school?” The question was full of potential and the promise of adventure. I remember it as a time when we were free to use our imagination and play for a few hours before dinner. That’s what these photographs represent. Bits and pieces of my adult life, visually lived like it was “after school.” They were made while on class field trips, spending time with my kids, or when I was just out wandering, looking, playing.

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