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Stan Honda is a New York-based photographer and worked as a photojournalist for 34 years,

most recently for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French news agency, covering a wide range of topics including news events, politics, economics, sports, and human interest stories. His images from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center were featured prominently around the world, and three of his photos are in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York. Photographing the space shuttle program for five years was a highlight of his time at AFP since he has been following the space program since childhood.

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Moving Walls

His personal projects include documenting the U.S. concentration camps…

where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, including his parents and relatives.

Funded by a grant from the National Park Service, he and writer Sharon Yamato published “Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps,” a book and video project about the Heart Mountain camp barracks in 2018.

Another ongoing project involves night sky landscapes, combining Stan’s longtime interests in astronomy and photography

He has worked as an artist-in-residence at seven national parks: the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Wupatki in Arizona; Rocky Mountain in Colorado; Chaco Culture in New Mexico; Haleakala in Hawaii; and Fort Union in New Mexico, producing photographs that underscore the importance of preserving our view of the night sky. His photography of Chaco Culture and Wupatki was used in presentations that led to both parks being designated as International Dark Sky Parks.

Stan’s astronomy-related photos have also been featured in The New York Times, USA Today,, Sky & Telescope, and Yahoo News. His photos have been selected nine times as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Stan has conducted night sky photography workshops in New York City, Rocky Mountain National Park, Flagstaff, Ariz., and the Grand Canyon. He has been interviewed by CBS This Morning, National Geographic and ABC News about photographing celestial events.

Stan frequently gives talks about his night sky work and projects on the Japanese American incarceration. He has been part of thirteen solo or group exhibitions.

Groups that Stan belongs to include the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, International Dark-Sky Association, New York Day of Remembrance Committee, Japanese American Association, and Asian American Journalists Association.

He even manages to photograph celestial events from New York City.


Work made for Agence France-Presse: