2015 Emerging Photography Contender: Hiroshi Okamoto

For Recruit, Tokyo-based photographer Hiroshi Okamoto speaks out on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of young students in Japan who are now desperately searching for jobs in a painfully difficult market.

Writes Okamoto in his Artist Statement, “‘I want to die’ on Feb 2013. This e-mail was from my best friend in my university who was doing job-hunting then. In Japan, more than half a million students participate in job-hunting simultaneously every year. Students go into this frantic game with their desire and anxiety for their future careers. Recruit is my best friend in my university’s personal story of his job-hunting experience, one of the stories amongst more than half a million job-hunters in Japan.” 

All images © Hiroshi Okamoto

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.

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