"I capture something invisible, the weight of its presence overwhelming, the hidden power of the particles of light, the sense of air that dominates the space. ― Chotaro Ohwan



Born in 1978 in Okinawa, Japan.

After graduating from high school, he went to the United States to study and became obsessed with snapshots with a Polaroid camera he got at a garage sale.

In 2002, he worked as a photographer for a magazine about music, art and street culture in Okinawa.

He specializes in live photography, concentrating on capturing the dynamism of light, the atmosphere of space, the presence of something invisible, and its majesty in his photographs.

He is currently active in magazines and advertisements, focusing on portraits.


2007: MUSIC PHOTO EXHIBITION at Makishi Public Market Gallery in Naha City

2009: People Who Take Photos (Group Exhibition at Naha Civic Gallery)

2010: People Who Take Photos (Group Exhibition at Naha Civic Gallery)


“I want to capture the beauty that coincidence spins, especially the dazzling beauty of the moment when the spotlight is on. At the same time, I also want to capture the beauty behind the shadows that accentuate the spotlight. Beauty, to me, is a series of stories in which highlight and shade weave together and interact.” ― Chihiro Nishihara


Born in 1985 in Okinawa, Japan.

He grew up in his father's photography studio as a playground and took over the family business when he was 28 years old.

In addition to running a photography studio, he also shoots commercial advertisements and magazines for fashion and art.

Through his photographs, he pursues the moments when the breath of life bursts forth and shines through the cycle of life and death.

“The way I see it, photography is a record of the past. There is a complicity between photographer and viewer, who acknowledge the existence of the subject in the past. You can call it empathy. The complicity in the past affects the present relationship and spins a new storyline. Acknowledging the existence of such a past will lead to the creation of new values. I think this sequence of flows, or the cycle of empathy, is deeply involved in my creative work.” ― Chihiro Nishihira