About Cherel Ito

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Cherel Ito had a background in photography, film and video. Photography was her first love. She traveled extensively around the world and exhibited her photography in many shows, including a one woman show at the Djuna Gallery in New York City. She journaled throughout her career, and it was always her intension to create a book that would include her photographs and writings


A graduate of San Francisco Art Institute in both photography and film, she also studied photography at the New School for Social Research, the International Center for Photography, and Amherst College; and she studied video at EZTV in Los Angeles and at the Long Beach Museum of Art.


Cherel was a staff photographer for A&M Records, Capitol Records, Columbia Records and Rolling Stone Magazine. Other photography assignments included work for the Guggenheim Museum, the L.A. Country Art Museum, the Theatre of the Open Eye (founded by Joseph Campbell and his wife Jean Erdman), the New York City Ballet, the Lincoln Center Library, and the Herb Alpert Archives.

Film & Video

Her film and video work included shooting, editing and post production for numerous projects in the U.S., Mexico, Bolivia, Haiti and England. She edited the celebrated Maya Deren film Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, and became the Executrix of the Maya Deren Estate, distributing her films, arranging screenings and delivering numerous lectures. Other documentaries include Day Of the Dead (Mexico) and Weavers and Festivals (Bolivia). Her special interests in media relate to subjects of anthropology, nature, mythology and creative movement.


Her own chronology of travels between 1965 and 1997---all of which she photographed---includes (in the U.S.) Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Ozarks, Oregon, South Dakota, and the Indian Nations; and (overseas) Israel, Japan, Nepal, Morrocco, Africa, Greece, Portugal and Spain, and (in Mexico) Zihautanejo, Oaxaca and Cuernavaca.


Cherel was a California native, and a world citizen. She was married to the well-known composer Teiji Ito, with whom she also traveled extensively, and with whom she collaborated on film and theatre projects.

Cherel Ito - Intrepid Global Photographer