Freelance Photographer

Born in 1980, KOSUKE OKAHARA grew up in Tokyo and has graduated from WASEDA University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Education. An incidental visit to Kosovo influenced his decision to become a photographer. He has covered several countries in Asia, Africa, and South America so far. His works have been widely published in Japan.

He is currently working for the long-term project about self-harm (cutting, over-dozen...for example) among the young people.

KOSUKE OKAHARA is currently based in Tokyo, Japan.
  Ueno Hikoma Photography Award 2005 ( Grand Prize ) with the series of photographies about Darfur Conflict, Sudan.
  Resistance ~ Darfur Conflict ~ (solo, 2005) @ NIKON SALON Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  Photographs of Darfur Conflict became permanent collection at Kiyosato Photo Art Musium in Nagano, Japan.
List of Stories Covered (chronology)
  Sudan : Darfur Conflict.
Japan : Self-harm among the young people. (ongoing long-term project)
Colombia : The life of Indegenous people in Sierra Nevada in the northern Colombia.
Colombia : Coscuez emerald mine in Boyaca.
Colombia : Sicario ( paid assasin) in Barrancabermeja.
  South Africa : The life of homeless people who came to Johannesburg after the Aparthaid.
South Africa :
The life of people living in the town called Orania where only white people are allowed to live.
Colombia : Documentary of Barrancabermeja which is from 2003.
Colombia : The land mine issues in Colombia.
Sudan :
Darfur Conflict.
Bangladesh : The Rohingya refugees from Burma.
Cote d'Ivoire :
Refugees in Northern part of Cote d'Ivoire.
Colombia :
The life of IDP kids living around Bogota.
Colombia :
Documentary of the town called Barrancabermeja where civilians are targetted by paramilitary group.

© Kosuke Okahara