Spotlight: Yoshi Matsuzaki, Feds Photographer

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Xin Niu Zhang
Communications Assistant
Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:45

Say cheese! Ever wonder who’s behind the camera for all the shots you see on the Feds’ Instagram and Facebook pages? Look no further than Yoshi Matsuzaki, one of the two hardworking Feds photographers responsible for capturing defining moments of the University of Waterloo undergrad experience.

Yoshi MMatsuzaki is a first-year environment and business student who applied to Feds before ever stepping foot on campus.

“I did the Skype interview while I was still in Singapore,” he said. “So I was going through Orientation Week already working as a Feds photographer.”

Prior to beginning school in Waterloo, Matsuzaki was in the Singapore army for two years before working as a fashion photographer and bartender. A drive to keep learning and growing spurred him to look for opportunities to get involved with his new campus as soon as possible.

“I thought it’d be a good idea to get involved with an organization to get more integrated into student life,” said Matsuzaki. “It made it faster for me to jump in, compared to if I was just navigating as a freshman on my own. I wanted to do more than just study and sit in class for the first month.”

Working for Feds proved to be the perfect portal to the rest of the campus. As Feds’ photographer, he and his co-worker Vivian Chu cover events ranging from the Welcome Week carnival to the Annual General Meeting, creating the content for albums on the Feds Facebook page as well as populating Feds’ Instagram. Matsuzaki has taken photos for feds.ca, social media, and poster campaigns (this includes the good-looking mug you’ll find at the end of this article, and those of my co-workers on other Feds blog posts!).

“Vivian and I have very different styles,” said Matsuzaki. “It’s because of these differences that we have such interesting and contrasting posts that show a much more dynamic perspective.”

After all of the events and clubs he was able to explore over the course of the term, Matsuzaki believes the people remain the best part of the job.

“I know the job of a backstage or event photographer comes with the perk of accessing all these events for free and everything,” he said. “I really appreciate that, but most of the time what I appreciate most is all the staff that make me feel so welcome. The people I was working with, and all the people I got to meet, is the most important part for me.”

Outside of school and work, Matsuzaki is passionate about promoting the creative arts as well as sustainability initiatives. He and his fellow environment and business student Michelle Sin plan to launch a partner exhibition in fall 2018, showcasing “trashion” pieces designed by Sin out of material such as cheesecloth and children’s paint.

Intrigued yet? Check out Matsuzaki’s Instagram for more of his work.

If you share Matsuzaki’s drive and passion, keep an eye on feds.ca for job opportunities and ways to get involved. Applications for the Feds Marketing team, including positions like graphic designer and marketing coordinator, are currently being accepted for the winter 2018 term.