Brian Kanagaki is an art director and artist based in New York City. His main focus is in the design direction and production of books, magazines, and print. His most recent work, made on his lunch breaks in lower Manhattan, are portraits of passersby.

Which artists do you most admire?
Portrait photographers – anyone that can easily capture the spirit of someone. In particular, Irving Penn.

What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
Self-publishing my photo books.

What is the one picture you wanted to take but never did?
Photography is about preserving moments, and there are many moments with family I wish I had documented to save that memory in a tangible form.

What is the responsibility of a photographer to their subject?
To put them at ease, make them feel comfortable.

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