Photographer by Night, Asian American
Advocate by Day
By: Nicole Esbenshade
October 20, 2015
Shippensburg, Pa. --
York, NY – An incredible photographer with a love for portraying the beauty of
the earth and the emotions and passions of those around him, Stan Honda has
been exhibiting his dreams and passions through pictures for more than 35 years
– and his pictures have only gotten more beautiful. When he’s not taking
photos, Honda is an active advocate for the Asian American Journalists
Association: a cause for which he has close personal ties.
childhood, Honda has loved astronomy. It was a passion he crafted into an art
after receiving his first camera in 10th grade. Honda grew up in
California, went to college in San Diego and got involved in the campus
newspaper. There he got experience photographing all sorts of subjects
including sports and the concerts his college hosted. As a Psychology major,
Honda discovered he was deeply interested in human emotion and it could be
portrayed. He was also a fan of astronomy and his childhood memories of
watching the Apollo launches.
Honda and his wife live in New York City where daily he finds hundreds of
photography opportunities. He finds his subjects on the commute to work and in
the millions of personal stories all around him. Honda made his way to the Big
Apple from California to work as a journalist for a paper on Long Island. In
1995, he launched his freelance photography career and eventually moving to the
AFP (Agence France Presse or Associated French Press) in 2003. The AFP is an
international news agency headquartered in Paris, France which provides news
headlines worldwide. Recently, Honda left the AFP and is now a busy independent
loves street photography, landscapes, people, and night sky photography; and
the busy streets of New York City provide an abundance of subjects, but Honda
doesn’t limit himself to the concrete jungle. In fact, his search for worthy
subjects have sent him all over the country. Honda has spent a lot of time
photographing our national treasures: U.S. national parks. He’s been named an
artist-in-residence at the Grand Canyon and has turned his lens on scenery in New
Mexico, Yellowstone National Park and the Petrified Forest.
breathtaking landscapes are magnets for Honda’s lens, he has never forgotten
his passion for capturing human emotion, and his personal interest in the
plight of Asian Americans in WWII. It helped that he grew up hearing stories
about the emotional journey of this forgotten population. His parents were
survivors of the internment camps made for Asian Americans during WWII. Not
only has he captured their stories in photographs, but he’s written a book
about the struggles of those interned and is working on a documentary
Honda’s involvement in the AAJA (Asian American Journalists
Association) is a nice fit, given his heritage and professional interest. He
also believes in working to make his industry more racially diverse and is
doing his part. He is an active member and advocate of the AAJA whose mission
is to “join, network and engage” to bring together and expand the number of
Asian American Journalists working in the media today.
brings his passion, expertise and insight to campus this fall. As he does with
his work with AAJA, he wants to share what he’s learned with the people who
will determine the future of his beloved profession.
Shippensburg night sky will likely never look more beautiful and more
interesting after taking a look through Honda’s lens. For sure Honda’s perspective helps to ensure
the sky’s limits promise to broaden in beauty and diversity.
Click here for the full schedule of Stan Honda's visit to Shippensburg University.