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Kosuke Okahara: blue affair

Image Maker
Kosuke Okahara
Kosuke OKAHARA (b.1980, Tokyo) is based in Kyoto. Okahara grew up in Tokyo and started his career as a photographer after studying Education at university. He has been pursuing stories on the theme of Ibasyo, which, in Japanese, refers to physical and emotional space in which one can exist. In 2010, he was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for this long-term project Ibasyo about Japanese girls who self-harm. He received a Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography for his works on Fukushima in 2012, after the nuclear disaster. His long-term work on Colombia also received the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant in 2014. He has published six monographs and several art books. His 10-meter scroll publication Vanishing existence was exhibited at the art book exhibition in the Bavarian State Library in Munich alongside artists such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring; it is now housed in the library’s permanent collection.
Place of Origin
In Japanese with English and Chinese subtitles


blue affair is based on the photographer’s dreams of his time in Koza, a city in the middle of Okinawa Island. What the photographer experienced in Koza was burnt into his mind so deeply that it started infiltrating his dreams. Some people might perceive this work as fiction, while others might see it as a documentation of reality. This is quite similar to the everyday life of ours we call ‘reality’, which is in fact formed by a mixture of fuzzy, personal experiences, memories, impressions and processed information. blue affair weaves together the dreams of a memory with the words ‘I have the same dream’, expressing surreal experiences and the impression that they actually occurred while he was photographing Koza.

*The work is restricted to persons aged 18 or above.

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