Okahara grew up in Tokyo and started his career as a photographer after college graduation. He has been pursuing the stories based on his theme “Ibasyo” which, in Japanese, refers to physical and emotional space in which one can exist. In 2010, He was awarded W. Eugene Smith Fellowship with his long-term project “Ibasyo” on Japanese girls who self-harm. He was also awarded Getty Images Grant with his works on post Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2012. His long-term work on Colombia received Pierre & Alexandra Boulat grant in 2014. He has published 6 monographs and 3 art books. His 10 meter scroll art book “Vanishing existence” was exhibited at the art book exhibition in Bavarian State Library in Munich along with artists’ works such as Picasso, and Andy Warhol and became a part of permanent collections. One of his series “Almost Paradise” was also exhibited at “100 years Leica photography” shows. His works have been exhibited in museums, art fairs, and international photo festivals. He lives in Kyoto and represented by Polka galerie.