Born in 1980. Lives and works in Paris.
Kosuke Okahara left for Colombia in 2003 and started documenting the life of people who live at the bottom of the society ladder. He focuses on the theme of "Ibasyo", which translates from Japanese into "the physical and emotional space in which people exist." One of his long-term projects on Japanese girls who self-harm received W.Eugene Smith Fellowship in 2010. He is currently working on a long-term project about the aftermath of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
He has been honored with several awards and grants including Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, PDN's 30 emerging photographers to watch etc...
His photos have also been exhibited in various venues including museums, galleries and international photo festivals.
He continues shooting the stories that touch him.
Deep in the farthest corners of rural China, we find a fast fading population of ex-lepers—their story is told through a magnificent, almost one-of-a-kind art object which is well worth discovering on its own.
The Japanese government has labelled the unchanging emergency situation “Normal” because it is in a stable (though stagnant) state. This photo report suggests that the "new normal" is a nightmare with a very long half-life.