Japanese-born Lieh Sugai is a visual artist based in New York, specializing in photography and video. Her work explores memories shared between people and places, examining how these are shaped by time, events, and culture. Utilizing her dual perspective as a Japanese immigrant living in America, she brings a unique depth to her art.

Initially pursuing Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, Lieh discovered a profound passion for photography. This medium has since become her primary tool for navigating, expressing, and documenting diverse cultural landscapes, blending conceptual and documentary practices seamlessly.

Lieh is the recipient of the 2024 En Foco Photography Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at Foley Gallery in New York, Les Rencontres d’Arles in France, and 10 14 Gallery in London. Additionally, her photography has been featured in The Washington Post and Fisheye Magazine.









AWARDS & RECOGNITION


2024
En Foco 2024 Photography Fellowship Recipient

2023
British Journal of Photography/
OpenWalls Arles // Winner

2022
Palm* Photo Prize 2022 // Shortlist

2021
Review Santa Fe 100 Photographers 2021 // Premier Juried Portfolio Review
Belfast Photo Festival 2021 // Shortlist

2016
IPA International Photography Awards 2015 // 2nd Place





PUBLICATIONS


2024
Nueva Luz // Kaikou





SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2024
En Foco Fellowship Group Exhibition // WallWorks Gallery, Bronx, NY
Photoville Festival // Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY
Correspondence // Baxter St at Camera Club NY, New York, NY

2023
OpenWalls Arles // Galerie Huit Arles, Arles, France
Photobook As Object
// Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan

Photobook As Object // RPS Kyoto Paperoles/Kyotographie Photo Festival, Kyoto, Japan

2022
Palm* Photo Prize Exhibition // 10 14 Gallery, London, England

2018
The Family of No Man, Cosmos // Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

2017
Analog vs. Digital // Foley Gallery, New York, NY
Around the World in 80 Days // Mart Photography Center, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Day/Night // Pratt Institute CCPS Gallery, New York, NY

2016
The Last March Hare // Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY