Kosuke Okahara

About

Born in 1980 in Tokyo.  Based between Paris and Leipzig.
Okahara grew up in Tokyo and started his career as a photographer after college graduation where he studied education. He has been pursuing the stories based on his theme "Ibasyo" which, in Japanese, refers to physical and emotional space in which one can exist. Okahara has been honored with several awards and grants including W.Eugene Smith Fellowship, Joop Sward Masterclass of World Press Photo, PDN's 30, Getty grants, Prix Kodak, Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award among others. Okahara's works have also been exhibited in various venues including museums, galleries, and international photo festivals. He continues shooting the stories that touch him.

Gallery representations
Polka Galerie, Paris, France
Only Photography, Berlin, Germany

Awards & Grants
2014 --- Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award
2013 --- Saint-Brieuc Festival Grant
2012 --- Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography
2012 --- Finalist, European Publishers Award
2010 --- W.Eugene Smith Fellowship
2009 --- World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2009 --- 2nd place, Contemporary Issue, Sony World Photography Awards
2009 --- PDN's 30
2009 --- 2nd place, Best Published Picture Story (large market) category, NPPA
2009 --- 2nd place, Non-Traditional Photojournalism Publishing category, NPPA
2008 --- Special Mention, Prix Kodak
2008 --- Overseas Training Grant, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
2007 --- Nominate, Young Reporter's Award, Visa Pour l'Image
2007 --- 3rd place, Freature Photo Gallery, NPPA
2005 --- Grand prize, Ueno Hikoma Award

Selected solo exhibitions
2016 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe, Japan
2016 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Espace Kuu, Tokyo, Japan
2016 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Polka Galerie, Paris , France
2016 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Maison de la culture du Japon, Paris , France
2015 --- "Almost Paradise", Only Photography, Berlin, Germany
2015 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Photo Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
2013 --- "Surviving for existence, Abkhazia", Festival Photoreporter, Saint-Brieuc, France
2011 --- "Ibasyo", Kunsthal museum, Rotterdam, Holland
2011 --- "Any given day", Chobimela, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", Festiwal Fotodocumentu, Poznan, Poland
2010 --- "Chance", Festiwal Fotodocumentu, Poznan, Poland
2009 --- "Ibasyo", Noorderlicht, Groningen, Holland
2008 --- "Rebels on the edge", TOPS CHINA, Shenyang, China
2006 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", FCCT, Bangkok, Thailand
2006 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", Osaka NIKON Salon, Osaka, Japan
2005 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", Shinjuku NIKON Salon, Tokyo, Japan

Selected group exhibitions
2017 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Ginnel Photo Fest, Ipswich, UK
2016 --- "Fragments/Fukushima", Med Photo Fest 2016, Catania, Italy
2015 --- "100 years of Leica Photography", C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2015 --- "Emerging", Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angels, USA
2014 --- "100 years of Leica Photography", House of Photography, Hamburg, Germany
2011 --- "Kosuke Okahara et Jehsong Baak", Galerie KJB, Paris, France
2011 --- "Vanishing existence", Polka Galerie, Paris, France
2011 --- "Ibasyo", Photo Quai, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
2010 --- "Ibasyo", Orange International Photography Festival, Changsha, China
2010 --- "Ibasyo", Fotografia, Rome , Italy
2010 --- "Vanishing Existence", Tokyo Photo, Gallery 21, Tokyo, Japan
2010 --- "Vanishing Existence", Gallery 21, Tokyo, Japan
2009 --- "Chance", POLKA Galerie, Paris, France
2009 --- "Ibasyo", 10th Photo Gathering, Aleppo, Syria
2009 --- "Ibasyo", Sony World Photography Award Tour, Aperture Gallery, New York, USA
2009 --- "Vanishing Existence", Chobimela V, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009 --- "Almost Paradise", Editors' Choice, Ricoh Ring Cube, Tokyo, Japan
2009 --- "Vanishing Existence", Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique, Paris, France
2006 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2005 --- "Resistance -Darfur Conflict-", Kyusan University Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Collections
Bavarian state library, Munich, Germany
Kiyosato Photo Art Museum, Nagano, Japan

Books (monographs)
2016 --- Vanishing Existence · Oban edition (Artist book)
2015 --- Fukushima Fragments (Editions de La Martinière)
2014 --- Almost Paradise (Only Photography)
2014 --- Ibasyo Book Journey (Handependent)
2013 --- Vanishing Existence · Special edition (BACKYARD)
2013 --- Vanishing Existence (BACKYARD)
2013 --- CONTACT #1 -Any given day- (KOW)

Corporate clients
Comme des Garçons / Junya Watanabe / Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

Aid agencies
JICA

Editorial clients
TIME / New Yoker / New York Times / GEO / Newsweek / Le Monde / Wall Street Journal / Die Zeit / Courrier International / Russian Reporter / L'Illustré / Businssweek / L'espresso / Internazionale / Vu mag / POLKA Magazine / foto8 / PHOTO / Enjeux Les Echos / PDN / Ventiquattro / Top Girl / Vision Magazine / Forbes Japan / Aera / Newsweek Japan / Kazenotabibito / Courier Japon / Playboy Japan / Coyote / Weekly Aasahi / Asahi Camera etc…

Languages
Japanese, English, French & Spanish

 

With the generous support of Kodak alaris, I am shooting with KODAK PROFESSIONAL TRI-X Film for my Black & White works.