Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International

Nikki Arai

Nikki Arai (b. 1944, Milwaukee, WI; d. 1982, San Francisco, CA) was introduced to photojournalism by Alan Copeland and Steve Shames of the Photon West agency in Berkeley, and would go on to teach a photojournalism class at University of California, Berkeley. In 1969, Simon Lowinsky and Arai opened the Phoenix Gallery in Berkeley with an exhibition of Photon West and Cyclops photographs of the protests at Berkeley’s People’s Park that spring. Arai’s photographs of Asian American life have been featured widely in small press publications such as Boom: A Journal of California, textbooks, and feature articles in the New York Times. Her iconic photograph of Richard Aoki is on the cover of Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life by Diane C. Fujino (2012) and also appears in Seth Rosenfeld’s Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power (2012).

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Nikki Arai, “Justice Lives When Pig Judges Die” demonstration for Los Siete de la Raza, Civic Center, San Francisco, 1970

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