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Brian Scott Peterson

Photographer, Global Dood, PechaKucha in Tokyo Japan

Brian Scott Peterson is one of those jack-of-all trades kind of characters who re-invents his entire world every few years. He's worn a load of different hats, from writer and photographer, to musician, to entrepreneur, to NPO founder. He's happily funnelling his imagination into PechaKucha at HQ in Tokyo.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he's travelled the world extensively. Since 2004, Brian, with his wife and two children, call Tokyo home.

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@ VOL 101 ON MAR 27, 2013

"She saw her photo and she said: 'I didn't think I'd be able to see myself smile again. Now I know I can smile again.'"

In "Photohoku" from PechKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 101, photographers Brian Scott Peterson and Yuko Yoshikawa introduce the "Photohoku" project, which involves bringing photographers to the Tohoku region to help create new photo memories for those who were affected by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.


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Photohoku 2.0

@ VOL 116 ON JUL 30, 2014

“We gave out over 1000 albums and 10,000 portraits. We’ve involved 300 volunteers and 1000+ supporters. ”

In Photohoku 2.0, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 116, photographers Brian Scott Peterson and Yuko Yoshikawa go into depth on their family photo album re-buidling project, Photohoku. This effort was founded in response to the giant earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 and aims to make new photos of families affected by disaster. It has grown into a global photo-giving, fundraising movement and has spread to the US, the Philippines, Australia, Korea, and many more.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 5, 2014 and on March 19, 2016. 

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Inspired by Nepal, a Langtang Ago


Prior to establishing himself in Tokyo over a decade ago, Brian Scott Peterson made a trip half way around the world to, in his words "the mystifyingly scenic", country of Nepal. In a wonderlust quest for "adventure of most epic proportions", Peterson set off from age-old city Kathmandu, long-hauling across treacherous trail to the Himalayan kingdoms highest peaks, to the remote mountainous village of Langtang, a journey against all others after would be measured.  

Heartbroken to see the recent devastation and disastrous loss of the place that forever changed his life, he offers this emotional tale of his sojourn there, simply as a starting point.  

No stranger to disaster response, Peterson hopes to eventually repeat in Nepal his successful volunteer effort from Japan, the family photo rebuilding project Photohoku

Finally he asks, "How can the tried and true creativity in the greater PechaKucha community rally to share stories and support for Nepal?"

Check out his past presentations about Photohoku:


Photohoku 2.0

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The Best Camera

@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

"It's a bit embarrassing to talk about the tools like this, but this comes back to, after using 1000's of cameras, what I think the best camera is. I think the best camera is...."

What's the best camera ever made? Notorious photography hack and noted local yokel, Brian Scott Peterson ought to know. After all, in the course of 20 years of making photos, nearly 1000 cameras and lenses, have passed through his possession. In "The Best Camera" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, he shares some musings on the most treasured of his arguably modest collection, focussing in on the very best one.

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From Photohoku to PechaKucha (via Aalen)

@ VOL 27 ON NOV 19, 2016

PechaKucha Global Dude and resident photobum, Brian Scott Peterson come to Aalen, Germany and shares the story of making his was from his old hometown in USA to his adopted home in bright and shining Tokyo. He spotlights a wonderful project he started there in response to the 3.11 earthquake called Photohoku. It's a volunteer effort to make new family photos and rebuild family photos albums for familes affected by distaster. Finally he shares how this project lead him to his newest love, PechaKucha, and how PechaKucha is helping to put the method in it's network of creative communities all over the world!  

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Photohoku to Photomoto

@ VOL 22 ON FEB 24, 2017

Yuko Yoshikawa shares about taking the photo-giving experieces and successes of her Photohoku initiative to those living in temporary housing thoughout earthquake-stricken Kumamoto. 

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The Brilight Zone

@ VOL 166 ON SEP 11, 2019

Prepare to be taken on a most curious journey through the uncharted bowels of a photographer’s creative psyche, a wondrous dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. Follow his photos through a land of light and shadow, between science and superstition, wherein lies the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge, and the answers to the questions pressing us all; "Just who exactly is a Brian Scott Peterson and what makes him tick?" Buckle your seatbelts. We are now about to cross over into ...the Brilight Zone.

Brian Scott Petersonが皆さんを摩訶不思議な旅にお連れします。フォトグラファーのクリエイティブな頭の中、どうなっているか見てみたくないですか?それはきっと宇宙のように広い魅惑の規模感で、無限に感じられる永遠の時のよう。彼の写真から景色の光と影を、真実と虚構の境界線を感じてください。ブライアンの核に迫ったとき、人は本当の恐怖と、この世の真理を知るでしょう。そして我々を苦しめる「Brian Scott Petersonとは一体何者なのか。何が彼をそうさせるのか!」という問いの答えを。シートベルトのご準備を!今からブライライト・ゾーン、Brianの世界に出発します!

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Tokyo @ The CORE Kitchen/Space
Sep 11, 2019

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Amsterdam @ De School
Jan 17, 2018

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New Orleans @ Peter Mayer Advertising
Jun 29, 2017