Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Irvine Honors City Photographer with Gallery Exhibition

Irvine, Calif. The city of Irvine is honoring its longtime photographer David Kawashima with an art exhibit showcasing his photographs at the Irvine Civic Center.

The photo exhibition opens free of charge to the public from September 16 with a reception held from 5 pm to 7 pm. The exhibition will be on display till November 24.

“Over the years, David has documented countless milestones, celebrations, meetings, events, presentations, ensuring that these moments in Irvine’s history can be preserved permanently,” Mayor Farah Khan said on 7 September. said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful to have had the privilege of knowing and working with David, and we extend our sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.”

According to Tustin police, Kawashima died on April 18 at the age of 62 in a traffic accident in Tustin along with a driver who had been arrested on suspicion of driving in a stolen car.

In addition to the gallery, Kawashima’s name was added to the city’s identity wall at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, and a photography studio at the Irvine Fine Arts Center was renamed in his honor.

“David Kawashima passed away in a tragic accident. David has been an integral part of the Irvine community and surrounding area for many years. And they have documented many of our milestones and important events and celebrations,” Counselor Mike Carroll said during an April 27 council meeting.

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“David was a friend to all of us here … He explained a lot about what makes this city.”

The exhibition of Kawashima’s images is the latest in the city’s ongoing series of art exhibitions, dubbed Art at City Hall, that focus on local artists of all ages and media types.

The city of Irvine said in a statement that Kawashima was a beloved brother, son, companion, stepfather and friend to many. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Los Angeles, and his photographs have been featured in regional and nationwide publications.

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Kawashima worked with the city of Irvine for about 15 years. He also worked for notable clients including ESPN, Kingston, Orange County Metro, Orange County United Way, Los Angeles Times and Toshiba.

Jack Bradley is a daily news reporter for The Epoch Times based in Southern California.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Irvine Honors City Photographer with Gallery Exhibition
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