Kaede James Takamoto, a Queer Japanese-Australian photographer based in Naarm (Melbourne) and the daughter of two sculptors, grew up immersed in art which has informed and shaped her artistic and commercial work. Throughout her personal image making she reflects on the intersections within her own lived experiences, celebrating the intricacies of layered personhood. Embedded within her images are subtle nods to culture, history and her identity, accessible only to those who share a common understanding.  Guided by compassion, respect, and collaboration her work often centers on the complexities of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities. Navigating the nuances of identity politics, she strives to foster inclusivity and empathy, creating a space that embraces diversity. Kaede holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from Monash University (MADA) and a Bachelor of Photography from Photography Studies College, Melbourne. 


Commercial folio upon request 




Broadsheet Media
Liminal Magazine
Frankie Magazine
Amy Lawrance
Asembl Brands​​​​​​​

Image by Sarah Forgie

Selected Awards
2023 Winner of PSC Graduate Award (Awarded by CCP): Excellence in Innovative Presentation of Final Body of Work
2023 Winner of Hillvale Photo Trophy Award
2022 Finalist for Ballarat International Foto Biennale GradFoto Award
2022 Finalist for Australian Photography Awards Experimental Category
2022 Finalist for Australian Photobook Awards
2021 Winner of Australian Photography Awards Open / Illustrative Category
Selected Exhibitions 
2024 The Australian Ceramics Association 'TABLED' Exhibition, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW
2024 Photo 2024, Part of Today/Tomorrow, Parliament Steps, Melbourne, VIC
2024 Red Bean Soup Collective, Seventh Gallery, Richmond, VIC
2023 Hillvale Photo Trophy Exhibition, Hillvale Gallery, Brunswick, VIC 
2023 Speculative Horizons — Photography Symposium and Exhibition, Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), Kuwait City, Kuwait 
2022 !, Wolfhound Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC
2022 Australian Photography Awards Exhibition, Bodriggy Brewpub, Abbotsford, VIC 
2022 Morii, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, VIC
2022 Body Performance, Wolfhound Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC
2021 Zenith, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood, VIC
Selected Publications 
2024 Broadsheet, Creative Couples (6 Eyed Scorpion)
2023 Frankie Magazine, Beauty Editorial
2023 Broadsheet, Narrow Window
2023 Broadsheet, Steve from Sleepy's
2023 - 24 Broadsheet Domain Magazine, Street Style
2023 Liminal Mag, Annie Wu interview
2023 The Fashion Journal, covering the project Synergetic: Fashion as Art 
2023 Liminal Mag, Raquel Solier interview 
2023 Kuwait Times, covering Milk Flower for Speculative Horizons exhibit
2022 Melbourne Milieu Nov, 2022
2022 Australian Photo Collective 2022 Annual
2022 24th November, The Modes, Interview on practice
2022 13th August, Le Mile for Melbourne Design Week
2021 Australian Photo Collective 2021 Annual
2018 Making Things Public: Document C——C, Published by True Belief
Guest Lectures
March '23 Photography Studies College 
August 7th '23 Photography Studies College
August 13th '23 Photography Studies College, Open Day
February 19th '24 Photography Studies College, Orientation Day

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