Mori Insinger is a Boston-based fine art photographer, whose work focuses on the exploration of society through landscape, portrait, and architectural images. As the son of a Japanese ceramist and an American architect, Mori's interest in art began at a young age, including courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He went on to study fine art and social sciences at the University of Michigan, from which he received a BFA degree in photography, as well as an AB degree from the Honors Program in Sociology. After college Mori lived in Japan and taught English, while continuing to photograph during his time abroad. Upon returning to the US, he worked in social research before enrolling in a graduate program in urban sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, his studies focused on urban communities and cultural arts programming in inner-city schools; he also taught independent studies in social science and photography to students in the high school that was the research setting for his Ph.D. thesis.
Upon finishing graduate school, Mori moved to Boston and began his own business as a freelance commercial photographer, specializing in architectural and portrait work, in addition to resuming his fine art photography. Current personal projects include a series of social landscape diptychs which explore the implicit boundaries and sense of place within urban settings, environmental portraits of artists and young people, and documentary panoramas of construction sites which examine changes in the built environment over time. Mori's work has been featured in juried exhibitions locally and nationally, and has recently been shown at the Danforth Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Tisch Gallery at Tufts University, and in the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll and Sons Gallery. Mori continues to be involved in community-related and arts education programming and has taught photography classes for young people and adults in the Boston area, as well as been a guest critic and speaker at area art venues. He is on the Brookline Commission for the Arts and has also served on the Board of Directors for both the United South End Artists and Boston's City-Wide Dialogues on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Gallery Committee of the Boston Public Library's South End Gallery.