The Higashikawa Awards 2017

Special Photographer Award

The 33rd Higashikawa Award Winners - Special Photographer Award

OKADA Atsushi

Lives in Tokyo. Born in Wakkanai, Hokkaido

For his ‘Horses on Yururi Island’ series and photobook “1999” (Nagatomo K.K., 2015).

Born in Wakkanai city, Hokkaido in 1979 and raised in Sapporo city. Graduated from Osaka University of Art, Photography Department in 2003. Completed a PhD in arts at Tokyo Polytechnic University in 2008.
 In 2003, he published “Platibe” and “Cord” (Mado-sha Publishing Co., Ltd., 2003) focusing on ‘living’. Won 33th Kimura Ihei Award for his work “I am” (Akaaka Art Publishing Inc., 2017) which features images of 50 young people who reexamine their way of existance. He has published a number of books including “ataraxia” (Seigensha Art Publishing Inc., 2010) and “The WORLD” (Akaaka Art Publishing Inc., 2012) in which he shows the sublime beauty hidden in the world, also “MOTHER” (Hakurosha, 2014) where he captures the unrestrained instant of birth.
 His book “1999”(NAGATOMO Co, Ltd., 2015) blends together works from both his student days in his homeland Hokkaido reflecting emotional landscape and the latest digital techniques and current sensibilities.
 Since 2011, commissioned by Nemuro city, Hokkaido, he has photographed the wild horses on the deserted Yururitō island, off the Nemuro Peninsula. Yururitō island was once known as ‘horses paradise’. In the 1950s, horses were imported here to help with the labor of collecting kelp. In 1971, the last fisherman left the island, but the descendants of the horses still live there. The horse’s numbers are dwindling and they are destined to disappear. So he is trying to preserve evidence of an important chapter in Hokkaido’s history and culture. He received The Hokkaido Cultural Development Incentive Award in 2014.

  • From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

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  • From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

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  • From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

    2011-

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    From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

    2011-

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    From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

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    From the series "Horses on Yururi Island"

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    From the series "1999"

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    From the series "1999"

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