Hiroshi Okamoto – Visual Storyteller / Photographer / Film Director – based in Japan

Hiroshi Okamoto is born in Tokyo in 1990.

He studied anthropology and social sciences at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Univesity in Japan.

After graduating, he used to work as a director in video production in Tokyo.

His works focus on storytelling with using various visual images from photography and videography, objects.

His main concern is contradictions from social isolation between individual and society.

He works as a visual storyteller to find and create personal narratives to understand society at the anthropological and sociological points of the view.


写真家 / 映像ディレクター



2016年制作の日本の就職活動をテーマとしたプロジェクト「Recruit」がドイツのDummy Award Kasselにて準グランプリ受賞やオランダのFoam Magazine への掲載、ニューヨーク近代美術館(MoMA)ライブラリーへ永久収蔵されるなど海外で高い評価を得る。


2017. World Press Photo The Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam The Netherlands – Nominee

2017. Fiebre Dummy Award, Madrid Spain – Shortlisted

2017. EMON PHOTO AWARD, Tokyo Japan – Special Prize

2016. Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor  Felifa, Argentina – Honorable Mention

2016. Photobook Award Maribor, Maribor Slovenia – Runner Up Prize

2016. The Anamorphosis Prize, USA – Shortlisted

2016. Critical Mass – Top200

2016. Cortona on the Move’s Dummy Book Award, Cortona Italy – Finalist

2016. LUMA RENCONTRES DUMMY BOOK AWARD ARLES, Arles France – Shortlisted

2016. DUMMY AWARD KASSEL, Kassel Germany –  2nd Prize

2016. Self Publish Riga, Riga Latvia – Shortlisted

2016. Photobook Bristol, Bristol UK – Shortlisted

2016. Photo Espana Best Photography of the Year Award, Madrid Spain – Shortlisted

2015. Le PhotobookFest Paris, Rock your dummy award2015, Paris France – Shortlisted
2015. Portrait Salon, London UK – Selected

2015. Photolux Festival self publishing award, Lucca Italy – Shortlisted

2015. Ueno Hikoma Awards, Fukuoka, Japan – Mainichi Shimbun Prize / 第16回上野彦馬賞 毎日新聞社賞

Selected Exhibitions

2017.06. Solo Exhibition “We do not need you, here.”, ATHENS PHOTO FESTIVAL, Athens Greek

2016.11. Solo Exhibition “Recruit”, LIANZHOU FOTO FESTIVAL, Lianzhou China

2016.09. Screening “Recruit”, SEOUL LUNAR PHOTO FESTIVAL, Seoul Korea

2016.02. Group Exhibition Portrait Salon 2015, Reminders photography stronghold, Tokyo Japan

2016.01. Solo Exhibition “Recruit”, Reminders photography stronghold, Tokyo Japan

2016.01. Group Exhibition “Ueno Hikoma Awards Exhibition”, Higashikawa Culture Gallery, Hokkaido Japan

2015.12. Group Exhibition “Ueno Hikoma Awards Exhibition”, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Japan
2015.11. Group Exhibition “Ueno Hikoma Awards Exhibition”, Museum of Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka Japan

2015.11. Group Exhibition Portrait Salon 2015, Embassy Tea Gallery, London UK


2016.10. Docking Station at Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Foam Magazine, GUP Magazine, Vogue Italia, burn magazine, Der Greif Magazine, Yorokobu Magazine, China Daily, Korea The Monthly Photo Art Magazine, PHmuseum, Future Shoot, KIEKIE, Yahoo!News Japan, Mainichi Shimbun, Korocolor Publishers

Corporate Client

Amnesty International, Saudi Aramco, FleishmanHillard Japan, Linkazia Japan, Tokyu Corporation, Tokyu Department Store co.,ltd., Mt. Fuji Springs Inc., MHD Moët Hennessy Diageo K.K., WWF Japan, 350.org Japan, NPO D×P