Photographer by Night, Asian American Advocate by Day

By: Nicole Esbenshade
October 20, 2015
Shippensburg, Pa. --

Stan honda blood moon

New 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.

Since 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.

Now, 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 photojournalist.

Honda 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.

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Though 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.

Honda 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.

The 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.