Aya Brackett Photography
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Aya Brackett


Aya Brackett was born and raised in a traditionally built Japanese house in Nevada City, CA and is now based in Oakland, CA. She grew up with two wood stoves, a generator for electricity and a long dirt road. Aya received a Magna Cum Laude dual B.A. in Visual Arts and East Asian Studies from Brown University, and also studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design and the California College of the Arts. She worked for four years as a photo editor at Dwell Magazine where she contributed her own photography and styled food and props for many shoots. Her love of food and design informs her photography and fuels a constant search for the unusual and inspiring.

  • Selected by Photo Distric News as one of "4 Forward Thinking Food Photographers" 2017
  • James Beard Award for Bitter cookbook (Ten Speed Press) 2015
  • First Place Award for Photo District News Taste Food Photography Contest, 2014
  • Selected for the American Photography Annual Book in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Photo District News 30 Top Photographer in 2008
Limited edition archival prints available for selected website images. 
Soiled Books (limited edition of 500) available for purchase.

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