Ken Straiton: short biography.
Kenneth Straiton was born in Toronto, Canada, and graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, with an Honors BA in Social Psychology. Straiton moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to study architecture, but soon moved to study filmmaking, then pursue a career as a photographer-artist. Along the way he worked as a carpenter and contractor, taught photography, and traveled extensively. The 1982 exhibition "Quiet Idols," was shown in Canada, Japan, Europe and USA, and was acquired by a number of museums and collections.
1984 saw Straiton move to Tokyo, where he spent 26 years working in commercial and corporate photography, producing magazine features. Corporate clients include: Bank of Tokyo-Mitusbishi UFG, Toppan, Japan Airlines, United Technologies, Nippon Oil Corp, Sandvik, Morgan Stanley, Manulife, and many more. Editorial clients and publications include: Wingspan (the magazine of ANA airlines), Travel and Leisure Asia, Fortune, National Geographic, plus a host of other magazines and guidebooks.
All the while Straiton continued work on his personal projects for exhibition and publication. From the time he moved to Tokyo, that city became the main focus of personal work. "Tokyo Stories", first shown in Zurich in 1992. Since then it has been shown in a number of countries and, in part, acquired by several major collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada. To see more of this work please go to "Ken Straiton Photoworks".
Straiton has also been working on a project documenting disappearing cultures and landscapes throughout Southeast Asia and China, a wrenching encounter with globalization.
Straiton's book, "Japanese Design: A Collection", is in its second printing.
Ken Straiton is now located in and working from Toronto, Canada.