Meet Akemi


Akemi Matsubuchi was born in Montreal, Quebec, and lived in several countries before settling in St. Albert, Alberta. Her love of photography harkens back to the age of 10 when Akemi’s father put a camera in her hands and encouraged her to take a second look at the world.

Akemi attended Ryerson University in Toronto and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Still Photography. Since graduating, she has pursued commercial photography, worked in the book publishing industry, and currently instructs photography at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where she loves being surrounded by creative minds.

Akemi loves to travel and has always had a special affinity for nature. Backcountry hiking is a much-loved break from the sounds of the city and is ideal for her infrared photography. Travelling feeds her desire to experience new cultures and inspires her to take the second look and record the world as her father advocated. That desire to share has been the driving force of her photography and approach to teaching. She believes a visual history of humankind is extremely important and would like people to become emotionally connected in how she interprets the world.


  • Current permanent showing at Enjoy Centre on May 1, 2012
  • Visual Arts Alberta – Open Image Group Exhibit on September 1, 2015
  • InFocus YEG Exhibition – Group Exhibit on February 1, 2015
  • Spruce Avenue Art Gallery – Group Exhibit on March 1, 2011
  • Lois Hole Hospital for Women – Commissioned Photographs for permanent display in various locations on May 1, 2010