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Kosuke Okahara

Born in 1980 in Tokyo

After a period of training and competing in freestyle skiing at international level, Kosuke Okahara studied education at Waseda University. Upon obtaining his degree, he embarked on a career as a photojournalist, alternating from the very beginning between news reporting and long-term personal projects.> Read more

 

His initial forays led him to Sudan (2004), Burma (2007) and China (2007), as well as his first trip to Colombia (2006), a project which he is only now at the point of conclusion.

 

Meanwhile, in 2004, he began "Ibasyo" a long-term photographic essay on adolescent self-mutilation in Japan. Going against a society that ignores a phenomenon it considers to be shameful, Kosuke Okahara is passionately committed to bringing this delicate subject to light. He gradually took on the pluralistic roles that of a photographer, a close friend, a witness, and even a social worker. Bringing these sufferers out from the shadows of anonymity, "Ibasyo" breaks a major taboo in Japanese society and exemplifies the ethical and aesthetic approach of his work.

 

All of his work, deeply rooted in the tradition of humanistic photojournalism, has met with the support from the most prestigious institutions.

 

A member of Agence VU' for a certain period, Kosuke Okahara is the winner of PDN's 30 (New York 2009), Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo (Amsterdam 2009), Eugene Smith Fellowship (New York 2010), Getty Images Grants (Perpignan 2012) and Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award (Perpignan 2014).

 

Critical support when you take into account the impressive number of trips he has made for his projects, such as the multiple visits to Colombia since 2006 where he continues the investigation, with links to Mexico and the United States. Drugs, social violence, migrations add up to a photographic narrative which he pushes to the limit. With, on arrival, a description which is both factual and poetic in which photography is evidence as well as enigma.

 

Other current issues feed his photography: the Arab uprisings or the chaos on the Russian periphery are just two examples. One can also cite his work in Calais in 2008 where the constant presence of immigration issues is glaring.

 

Finally, since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, he documents the region devastated by the disaster with a particular attention given to the signs of time. Again, we see the marriage of precise facts and enigmatic images. What lingers is the feeling of frozen chaos and progressive abandonment. This work is now the subject of a book, "Fukushima Fragments" published by Editions de La Martinière in 2015.

 

By Thomas Doubliez

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Almost Paradise, Only Photography, Berlin, Germany

2015

Fragments/Fukushima, Photo Antalya, Antalya, Turkey

2015

100 years of Leica Photography, House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany

2014

Surviving for existence, Abkhazia, Festival Photoreporter, Saint-Brieuc, France

2013

Ibasyo, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2011

Vanishing Existence, Salon Tokyo Photo, Gallery 21, Tokyo, Japan

2010

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Fragments Fragments Fragments Fragments Fragments

Kosuke Okahara

Fragments
March 11 - April 16 2016
Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes

Kosuke Okahara

Corps et âmes
October 11 - 29, 2011

Selected Publications

Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments

Kosuke Okahara

Fukushima Fragments
La Martinière, 2015
Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition

Kosuke Okahara

Vanishing Experience - Special edition
Backyard Project, 2013
Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise

Kosuke Okahara

Almost paradise
Only Photography
CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT

Kosuke Okahara

CONTACT
KOW, 2013
Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project

Kosuke Okahara

Ibasyo book journey project
Handependent, 2014

After a period of training and competing in freestyle skiing at international level, Kosuke Okahara studied education at Waseda University. Upon obtaining his degree, he embarked on a career as a photojournalist, alternating from the very beginning between news reporting and long-term personal projects.> Read more

 

His initial forays led him to Sudan (2004), Burma (2007) and China (2007), as well as his first trip to Colombia (2006), a project which he is only now at the point of conclusion.

 

Meanwhile, in 2004, he began "Ibasyo" a long-term photographic essay on adolescent self-mutilation in Japan. Going against a society that ignores a phenomenon it considers to be shameful, Kosuke Okahara is passionately committed to bringing this delicate subject to light. He gradually took on the pluralistic roles that of a photographer, a close friend, a witness, and even a social worker. Bringing these sufferers out from the shadows of anonymity, "Ibasyo" breaks a major taboo in Japanese society and exemplifies the ethical and aesthetic approach of his work.

 

All of his work, deeply rooted in the tradition of humanistic photojournalism, has met with the support from the most prestigious institutions.

 

A member of Agence VU' for a certain period, Kosuke Okahara is the winner of PDN's 30 (New York 2009), Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo (Amsterdam 2009), Eugene Smith Fellowship (New York 2010), Getty Images Grants (Perpignan 2012) and Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award (Perpignan 2014).

 

Critical support when you take into account the impressive number of trips he has made for his projects, such as the multiple visits to Colombia since 2006 where he continues the investigation, with links to Mexico and the United States. Drugs, social violence, migrations add up to a photographic narrative which he pushes to the limit. With, on arrival, a description which is both factual and poetic in which photography is evidence as well as enigma.

 

Other current issues feed his photography: the Arab uprisings or the chaos on the Russian periphery are just two examples. One can also cite his work in Calais in 2008 where the constant presence of immigration issues is glaring.

 

Finally, since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, he documents the region devastated by the disaster with a particular attention given to the signs of time. Again, we see the marriage of precise facts and enigmatic images. What lingers is the feeling of frozen chaos and progressive abandonment. This work is now the subject of a book, "Fukushima Fragments" published by Editions de La Martinière in 2015.

 

By Thomas Doubliez

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Fragments Fragments Fragments Fragments Fragments

Kosuke Okahara

Fragments
March 11 - April 16 2016
Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes Corps et âmes

Kosuke Okahara

Corps et âmes
October 11 - 29, 2011

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Almost Paradise, Only Photography, Berlin, Germany

2015

Fragments/Fukushima, Photo Antalya, Antalya, Turkey

2015

100 years of Leica Photography, House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany

2014

Surviving for existence, Abkhazia, Festival Photoreporter, Saint-Brieuc, France

2013

Ibasyo, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2011

Vanishing Existence, Salon Tokyo Photo, Gallery 21, Tokyo, Japan

2010

Selected Publications

Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments Fukushima Fragments

Kosuke Okahara

Fukushima Fragments
La Martinière, 2015
Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition Vanishing Experience - Special edition

Kosuke Okahara

Vanishing Experience - Special edition
Backyard Project, 2013
Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise Almost paradise

Kosuke Okahara

Almost paradise
Only Photography
CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT CONTACT

Kosuke Okahara

CONTACT
KOW, 2013
Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project Ibasyo book journey project

Kosuke Okahara

Ibasyo book journey project
Handependent, 2014