George Nobechi Bumstead was born in Tokyo and lived there for over 20 years across two different decades. His career in the financial services industry spanned 15 years; before leaving finance for photography his position was as Executive Director and Head of Asian Cash Trading for JPMorgan in New York. He began exploring his dream to become a photographer with the encouragement of his mentors, Brett Erickson and Sam Abell. In 2015, he served as a Work Study and Course Coordinator seasonal staff member at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Fully bilingual and versed in guiding people around his homeland, George has hosted numerous VIPs and clients on their visits to Japan and, in February of 2016, co-led the highly successful Japan in Winter Light expedition with Arthur Meyerson. He is an experienced traveler, having been to 43 countries, and is passionate and knowledgeable about the food at Tokyo’s best restaurants. His website is www.georgenobechi.com.