Master of Fine Arts photography student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ryota “Kaji” Kajita, was born in Mizunami, Japan.
His photographs have been exhibited in the Japan Professional Photographers Society Exhibition (2011), Alaska’s Rarefied Light (2012 & 2013), The Aesthetica Art Prize (2012 & 2013) and other shows.
His photography series of “Ice Formation” is featured in the magazine “Photo Technique” (November/December 2012).
His work became part of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affaires and The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank in 2013.
He was selected for Blue Sky 2013 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program (“Drawers”) of the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts and won the Grand Prize in ONWARD Compe ’13 International Photography Competition, the Student Abstract Category Award in 2013 American Aperture Awards (AX3) and Juror’s Selection / Director’s Honorable Mention / Livebooks Website Award in Natural World 2014Nation Wide Juried Photography Competition.
His photograph from the series of “Gateway” is featured in the magazine “Aesthetica: The Art & Culture Magazine” (March 2013)
The “Ice Formations” series is a collection of photographs of ice in rivers and lakes around Fairbanks, Alaska. The photographs were taken over the past four years with a medium format film camera, which allows Kaji to capture delicate details of the ice.