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Misako AkimotoBy Misako Akimoto
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About

I met Misako Akimoto in 1995 when she had just finished a three year project documenting an African American church community called, Sunday Morning at New Sweet Home. Misako comments, "While their neighboring cities as well as our whole nation gave them the title, Murder Capital of the Nation, I found a real and amazingly alive humanity. I still believe I was one of the very first to report a positive image of East Palo Alto to the world."

In Power Play, Misako once again shines her unique light on another misunderstood community. She helps us see the strong, abled and vibrant folks that they are. "In our society I see walls built up around groups especially for the physical differences. Most people just don't know much about the reality of those walled out of the community. My tool, documentary photography, is there for such cases."

James Bohnett. Born a double amputee, he never knew what it was like to have legs, so everything he did just seemed normal to him.
James Bohnett. Born a double amputee, he never knew what it was like to have legs, so everything he did just seemed normal to him.
James helps a new player learn to push a game chair.
James helps a new player learn to push a game chair.

Misako photographed these communities over a four year period and built a touching body of work in rich black and white images to represent these worthy people, ablebodied and disabled alike. 

I am a graphic designer and when I saw Misako's images, I knew I wanted to help her realize her vision to turn it into a beautiful book. I designed the book to be a large format 9" x 12" with a French-fold cover using the finest paper. There are over 144 images printed in 4-color black and white, on 96 pages. The Kickstarter funding will allow Misako to realize her goal to print and distribute Power Play, allowing others to experience these remarkable people. ~ Penny Bayless

Power Play documents three East Bay communities of disabled people of all ages who are on the move. Below is a small sample of images from the book.

Aquatic Park / Berkeley California

Members of BORP’s Youth Cycling Club gather with parents and volunteers for a Saturday morning ride. The Adaptive Cycling Center is the largest program of its kind in the world, with more than 75 adaptive cycles available for use four days a week.
Members of BORP’s Youth Cycling Club gather with parents and volunteers for a Saturday morning ride. The Adaptive Cycling Center is the largest program of its kind in the world, with more than 75 adaptive cycles available for use four days a week.
Sam and Gabe share the joy of a ride in the park.
Sam and Gabe share the joy of a ride in the park.
Amit hits the speed limit as he races through Aquatic Park on a Saturday morning. Born with a rare bone disease, Amit made the decision with his family to have his right leg amputated shortly after this picture was taken.
Amit hits the speed limit as he races through Aquatic Park on a Saturday morning. Born with a rare bone disease, Amit made the decision with his family to have his right leg amputated shortly after this picture was taken.
Jackie and her father Tom ride once a week.
Jackie and her father Tom ride once a week.

Trooper's Troop / Captions by Trooper Johnson 

"Trooper Johnson teaches popular sports like basketball, hockey, and kayaking to young kids who use wheelchairs. He acts as their mentor, showing them how to use their hands, torsos, hips, and most of all their brains to take part in sports and go forward in life."

"I’ve known him since he first climbed El Capitan to the summit in 1998. He did it again in 2000, this time with national television and newspaper coverage. His feat was an inspiration to the disabled community, especially, kids." ~ Misako

Coaching kids with disabilities is more than just coaching. Sometimes it means getting on the ground to modify equipment, fix straps, or adjust a leg that dropped out of place.
Coaching kids with disabilities is more than just coaching. Sometimes it means getting on the ground to modify equipment, fix straps, or adjust a leg that dropped out of place.
The first day Ernesto dropped by the gym, he was reluctant to even get into a sports chair. After playing for an hour, we couldn’t get him out of it.
The first day Ernesto dropped by the gym, he was reluctant to even get into a sports chair. After playing for an hour, we couldn’t get him out of it.
The program is  designed to use sports as a tool to teach life skills. With the games, we reinforce teamwork, leadership, gamesmanship, and humility.
The program is designed to use sports as a tool to teach life skills. With the games, we reinforce teamwork, leadership, gamesmanship, and humility.
Avery is an entertainer. From telling jokes every week to winning the  Amazing Coach award  during one of our fund-raising events, he brings youthful energy to the gym and makes everyone smile.
Avery is an entertainer. From telling jokes every week to winning the Amazing Coach award during one of our fund-raising events, he brings youthful energy to the gym and makes everyone smile.
Movement comes in all forms, and in many places. From a wheelchair to a sled, from the ice to the hardwood, to being out in public, movement is movement. The things we teach on the court and on the ice carry over into life skills.
Movement comes in all forms, and in many places. From a wheelchair to a sled, from the ice to the hardwood, to being out in public, movement is movement. The things we teach on the court and on the ice carry over into life skills.
Thomas and his dad. Sometimes we push too hard. Every kid has a breaking point. It varies depending on the kid and what he or she is used to at home. Even the toughest kid has off days.
Thomas and his dad. Sometimes we push too hard. Every kid has a breaking point. It varies depending on the kid and what he or she is used to at home. Even the toughest kid has off days.
Cousins Isaiah and Koda were injured in a car accident that paralyzed both of them.
Cousins Isaiah and Koda were injured in a car accident that paralyzed both of them.

 All Hands 

"In the summer of 2011, Saraswathi Devi, the director and yoginee at Yogalayam in Berkeley, California, introduced me to a unique class that she held at the UC Berkeley sports facility. The class, Cal Star Yoga, is one of the university’s official educational programs. It teams physically disabled participants of various ages with students and volunteers, giving everyone involved a totally new and unexpected learning experience." ~ Misako

“Teddy, a young boy with cerebral palsy, avoided contact with the outside world and expressing his emotions. On this day, when his face reached the point where he could look up, he gave an ecstatic chuckle.” ~ Misako
“Teddy, a young boy with cerebral palsy, avoided contact with the outside world and expressing his emotions. On this day, when his face reached the point where he could look up, he gave an ecstatic chuckle.” ~ Misako
"There is nothing I love more than helping people grow in power of both body and mind. Thanks, Cal Star Yoga, for enriching my life." 	~ Jack Sloman, UC Berkeley Student
"There is nothing I love more than helping people grow in power of both body and mind. Thanks, Cal Star Yoga, for enriching my life." ~ Jack Sloman, UC Berkeley Student

Current show: April 1–30, 2015. "Other Space––Photographic essay of Tamano Butoh Dance Company." Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Image from "Other Space––photographic essay of Tamano Butoh Dance Company."
Image from "Other Space––photographic essay of Tamano Butoh Dance Company."

 Below are images from Misako Akimoto's 1995 project documenting an African American church community called, Sunday Morning at New Sweet Home.

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This is about as low risk as it gets. All the photographs for the book have been taken. The book has been designed, edited, and is ready to print. The printer, Infinity Press in San Carlos, CA, has bid on the project. If we get the funding to print, we are ready to go!

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