School of the Arts Faculty
Contact InformationOffice: Ansin 9th Fl.
Senior Affiliated Faculty (1993)
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design
David Akiba has been making photographs for 44 years. His work is in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Fogg Art Museum, The DeCordova Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and others. At the Rhode Island School of Design, he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
In 1985 he won a $20,000 MassProductions grant to photograph in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald necklace park system for two years. A solo exhibition of that work was on view at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center in 1987.
Also in l985, he was selected by a jury to photograph for two years on the elevated Orange Line between Forest Hills and downtown Boston. He was accompanied by a Boston high school student who he mentored. His work and that of the other four photographers who participated on the project, was exhibited at the Massachusetts State Transportation building, the Great Hall of the Boston Public Library and other sites around the city in 1987-88
He has had a retrospective exhibition of his landscape photographs at the Rose Art Museum, and a major exhibition of his work covering almost 30 years at the Wiggin Gallery of the Boston Public Library. A solo exhibition of his family photographs entitled " A Separate Journey" was exhibited in New York City at the 92nd Street Y in 2007. His "Light-struck" photographs were included in an exhibition entitled, "Luminous Form, Abstraction in Color Photography" at the DeCordova Museum. A book of his photographs entitled "Knot This Broken Thread" was published in 2011 by the 2054 Press in Chicago.
A twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition of the Orange Line photographic project will be on view from October, 2012 to January 2013 at the Wiggin Gallery of the Boston Public Library.
He is represented by alibifineart.