Dean Tokuno Photography

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Dean Tokuno

2895 Franklin Road Yuba City, California 95993

Condensed Resume

Fine Art Distinctions

Advertising Distinctions

Retail Adweek Award Direct Mail Campaigns 1984

International Retail Adweek Award for Fashion Photography

Carson Pirie Scott, Summer In The City Campaign 1985

Retail Adweek Award for Billboards, Levi’s Blues Campaign 1987

Creativity Award 1995, New Choices Magazine “Etiquette of Death”1994

Addy Award Gold, Runion Saltzman Einhorn, Fatherhood is Forever Campaign 1999

Addy Award Silver, Runion Saltzman Einhorn, Elder Abuse Campaign 1999

Addy Award Silver, Runion Saltzman Einhorn, Truth About Sex Campaign 1999

National Public Health Information Coalition Gold Award, Runion Saltzman Einhorn,

It’s Up To Me Teen Pregnancy Campaign 2000

Addy Award Gold, State of California Family Pact Campaign 2001

Addy Award Gold, State of California Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign 2001

Addy Award Gold, Dean Tokuno Promotion Campaign 2005

Delta Award Best of Show, Dean Tokuno Promotion Campaign 2005

Corporate Art Commissions

Provanta, San Francisco, San Jose California

Hugo Boss & Hollys Inc. Hamburg Germany

Stephan Lamon Law Offices, Yuba City California

Select Collections

Portland Museum Of Art, Portland Maine, Permanent Collection

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Touring Collection

Gordon Parks Center, Fort Scott Kansas, Permanent collection

Leo Burnett, Chicago Illinois, Corporate Collection

Museum Of Natural History, Washington DC, Permanent Collection


Limelight Gallery, Chicago, Through The Viewfinder 1987

Limelight Gallery, Chicago, Body Shots 1988

Chicago Cultural Center, New Image Group Show 1992

New York Photo Expo Winners Show, Golden Light Award 1998

Doizeki Gallery, Los Angeles, One Man Show 1999

Parts Gallery Minneapolis, Fathers and Sons Group Show 1999

Association Gallery London, Group Show 2000

Ridley Gallery Sierra College, Standing Guard, Uncle Tim, One Man Show 2002

Spirit of Family, Book and Exhibition, Group Show 2002

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Corpus Christi Group Show 2004

Internationales Haus der Photographie Deichtorstr Hamburg Group Show 2004

Hotel de Sully Paris, Jeu de Paume-Site Sully, Group Show 2004

James Keneko Gallery at American River College, Group Show 2006

Farmani Gallery Los Angeles, Trees Exhibition Group Show 2006


Adweek, July 5, 1982

Retail Adweek, January 7, 1985

Retail Adweek, July 28, 1986

American Photographer, September 1989

Creativity, June 1993

Photo District News, January 1999

Camera Arts, February 1999

Shambhala Sun, November 2000

Perspectives, January 2002

Violet, Fall 2004

Editorial Assignment

Cosmopolitan, Face, Design Forum, Modern Salon, Transpacific, People, American Bride, Brides, Parenting, LA Style, Flash, Money, Information Week, Women’s Wear Daily, Ladies Home Journal, People, US, Sierra , Vibe, Marie Clair Entertainment Weekly, Essence, Redbook, Vice Book, Bestways, Asiam, Life, Time, Broadcast Week, American Druggist, New Choices, Pulse, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Fitness, Magic, Peterson’s

Photographic, California Hospitals, Emmy, Star Log, Fork It, Elite, Flavor, Nest, Prosper


Jim Carrey, Whitney Houston, Jackson Brown, Richard Gere, Laura Flynn Boyle, Kelly Hu, Justin Nguyen, Wayon Brothers, Edgar Winter, Wilson Phillips, David Allen Greer, Jamie Fox, Too Short, Alice Walker, David Lynch, The Winens, Edgar Winter, Heavy D, Sinead O’Connor, Sweet Alice Harris, Phil Collins, Porter Wagoner, Richard Beemer, Piper Lori, Jack Nance, Gail O’Grady, Puffy Combs, David Warner, Hugh Hefner, Governor Pete Wilson, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Takei, Alianna, Kyle Maclachlan, Lisa Renna, Senator Daniel Inouye, Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Rosie Vela, Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Lynch, Miguel Ferrar, Skatt Brothers, Paul Schaefer, Richard Evens, Masterpiece, Imitation Original, Suzy Cohelo, William Vollman, Amy Harris, Bishop Quinn, Brother Bill

Film And Television Advertising

Alien Nation, Fox Television, Ad Campaigns

In Living Color, Fox Television, Ad Campaigns/Merchandising.

Twin Peaks, ABC Television, Ad Campaigns/Merchandising

Billboard Music Awards, Fox Television, Ad Campaign

American Chronicles, Lynch Frost Productions, Ad Campaign

Warner Brothers, Packaging / Point of Purchase / Advertising

Hunt For Red October, Movie Poster, Levinson Productions

The Two Jakes, Movie Poster, Levinson Productions

Bonfire of The Vanities, Levinson Productions

Body Bag, Packaging, Showtime Networks

Clarion Japan, Alianna CD Covers, Ad Campaigns

Showtime, New York, Video Packaging

Fashion Retail And Direct Mail

Lord and Taylor, Bonwtt Teller, Bullocks, Bullocks Wilshire, Filenes, Carson Pirie Scott, Marshall Fields, Robinsons, Broadway, May Company, Jordan Marsh, Josephs Furs, Evans Furs, Charles A Stevens, Quicksilver, The Factory, Camp Beverly Hills, Smart Alec, Tres Jolie, C Notti, Mary Wolter, Helena, Jockey, Sears, Montgomery Ward, OK Sam, Boston Stores, Simply Cotton, Motherhood, Avon, Maternity, Pivot Point, Hollys, Indian Earth, Maybelene, Tresseme’, Magic, Frere Jaques, Nu Vision Eyewear. Alberto Culver, Clairol, Gap, A. Mason, Clinique, Catherine Hinds Cosmetics, Celanese, New

Leaf, Gemme Canada, Clipper Jeans, RJ Singer, Aron Cloths, Joske’s, Mistura, Eclipse, Moma Kuda

Editorial Advertising

Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, Sunset, North Shore, LA Times Magazine, Camera Arts, TV Guide, New York Apparel News, Los Angeles Apparel News, Baby Talk, Bicycling, Bicycle Guide, Geo, Japan Photo Natural Foods Merchandiser, Photo, Photo District News, Woman’s Wear Daily

Client Direct Advertising

Casablanca Records Los Angeles California, Album Cover

A&M Records, Los Angeles California, Album Covers

Rhino Records, Los Angeles California, Press Packs

Capital Records, New York, Press Packs

Geffin Records, Los Angeles, Press Packs

Hamilton Avnet, Culver City California, Ad Campaigns

3M , Minneapolis Minnesota, Ad Campaigns

Escalera, Yuba City California, Product Brochures

Speedotron, Chicago Illinois, Product Endorsement

Wireman Fence, Sacramento California, Ad Campaigns

Alapore Sports, Sacramento California, Ad Campaigns

Morning Star Harter Industries, Yuba City California, Products

Fremont Rideout Health Group, Yuba City, Ad Campaigns

Compact Video, Los Angeles, Trade Ads

Beverly Hills LTD Mercedes, Los Angeles California, Ad Campaigns

First Beverly Bank, Los Angeles California, Ad Campaigns

Image Transform, Los Angeles California, Trade Ads

Taylor Brothers Farms, Yuba City California, Branding

Hot Italian, Sacramento California

L-Wine Lounge, Sacramento Calfironia

Advertising Agencies

Tathum Euro RSCG, Chicago Illinois, Bakers Square Campaigns

J Walter Thompson, Chicago Illinois, Northern Telecom Campaigns

Leo Burnett, Chicago Illinois, Archdiocese Chicago

Equinox, Chicago Illinois, Anheiser Busch Campaigns

Wooster Magnani, Chicago Illinois, Schwinn Bicycle Campaigns

MBW Chicago Illinois, Ad Campaigns

Marketing Store, Sacramento California, Larkspur Landing Campaign

CCA, New York, Viracept Campaigns

Gribbitt, Los Angeles California, Album Covers

Lumel Whitman Associates, Sherman Oaks California, Ad Campaign

Baker Designs, Los Angeles California, Ad Campaigns

Weightman Associates, New York, Anro Campaign

Energy Productions, Los Angeles California, Ad Campaigns

Runyon Saltzman Einhorn, Sacramento California, Ad Campaigns

California Connections, Sacramento California, Ad Campaigns

Brierley & Partners, Los Angeles California, UPS Campaign

Grey Advertising, San Francisco California, Sony Campaign

Ennu Science Montreal Canada, Ad Campaign

Wallen Green, Design Los Angeles California, Ad Campaigns

Saffer Advertising, Chicago Illinois, Ad Campaings

Leo Burnett, Montreal Canada, Visa Campaign

Big Designs, New York, CDW Campaign

Design Center, Los Angeles California, Furniture Campaign

Les Reines du Foyer Ltd, Montreal, Ad Campaign

Cethial & Bossche Co., Montreal, Ad Campaign

Wag The Frog, Marysville California

Plaid Jacket, Sacramento California

Book Projects

Flea Markets, Levinson productions, Editing and Concept Consultant

The Western Review1985,1986, Dynamic Publications, Art Direction

The Vice, Art Source Chicago, Editing Consultant And Contributor

The Road Not Forgotten, JACL Publication, Editing Consultant

The Spirit Of Family, Al And Tipper Gore, consultant, Contributor

Corpus Christi, Nissen Prerz, Contributor

Four Seasons of Miki Prune, Photographer, Editor and Publisher

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor of Photography American River College Sacramento 2004-2010 Consultant in Art Photography Competitions Chico State University 1998 Guest Lecturer Brooks Institute Santa Barbara 1977-1981

Special Events

Los Angeles Aids foundation Auctions, Donation of Photography

Japanese American citizens League Auctions, Donation of Photography

Casa De Esperanza Auction, Donation of Photography

Tule Lake Internment Camp Reunion, Exhibition of Photography

Lower Manhattan 911 Billboard Project, One of three artists chosen by BBH Advertising for Life Affirming Billboards with no commercial message, Donation of photography


Past Board of Directors Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Counsel Past President, Marysville Japanese American Citizens League Executive Counsel Marysville Japanese American Citizens League Sacramento Advertising Club and American Advertising Federation Member


1972-1973 Worked in farming for tuition to Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara California

Since the age of 8 I had worked after school and summers on the family farm. I worked for other farmers in the area as well as the family farm. During the evenings I worked for Elliott Photo in Marysville California.

1974-1977 Brooks Institute, Bachelor of Science Degree At Brooks Institute I won the Brooks Institute Alumni Award and the Boris Dobro Award for Excellence.

1977-1978 Media Graphics East, Boston Staff Photographer. I

was one of two graduates from Brooks Institute offered full time

positions as photographers waiting for them upon graduation.

1977-1978 Media Graphics East New York, Open Manhattan Fashion Studio. Established and maintained client base, day to day management and key photography for high end fashion and cosmetic accounts.

1979-1983 Open First Independent Studio, Los Angeles California Established west coast fashion accounts and entered music and entertainment photography.

1984-1986 Open Midwest Studio, Chicago Illinois

Introduced west coast look to traditional Chicago fashion clients

Introduced Chicago urban look to west coast clients.

Used Los Angeles studio for Chicago Clients during the winter.

Used Chicago studio for Los Angeles Clients in the summer.

1987 Founded Black Market Design Company, Chicago Illinois a fashion advertising and design studio.

1988- Established Commercial Advertising Management in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Management handled portfolios, client meetings, booking details and billing. This allowed me to live where I choose and commute to bookings as needed

1988-Present. Move to Yuba City California to Concentrate on Fine Art Photography In 1988 my grandfather was terminally ill. I photographed every detail of him that I could, a way to hold onto him a little longer. Latter when reviewing this film I knew that my path as a photographer would forever change. I closed both studios and moved back to the family farm to document the lives of my mother, father and my growing family. I am an example of one who traveled the world over to discover his greatest prize in his own back yard. The most profound photographs and my greatest artistic growth takes place here on this family farm.

1990 Established Key Art Studio, Los Angeles, California a photography and design studio specializing in advertising for the television and film industry.

2007 Establish Monkey and Snake Advertising Agency with offices in Yuba City, California, Montreal Quebec and Shanghai China.

2010 Establish Big Buddha Productions. Film and commercial production company

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