Yukiko Yamagata is acting interim director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which explores the intersection of photography and social change through grantmaking, exhibitions, public programs, and workshops. Yamagata also serves as curator for the Open Society's Moving Walls exhibition series.
In 2014, she co-curated (with Stuart Alexander and Susan Meiselas) the touring exhibition Watching You, Watching Me. The exhibition featured 10 artists who use photography to reflect on the theme of surveillance and has toured venues in Berlin, Budapest, and New York. Prior to joining Open Society in 2005, she worked at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, conducting research for the In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience exhibition, book, website, and digital archive. She began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Department of Photography providing curatorial support for a range of exhibitions including solo exhibitions of work by Roni Horn, Ryan McGinley, Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Michael Rovner, and Lorna Simpson.