Skip to main content
Miko Okada

Miko Okada

Issue 53
Miko Okada
Kasseler Fotografie Festival


20 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available


The number of food additives used in Japanese food is said to exceed 1,500. Compared to other developed countries, this number is unusually high, and I think this is somewhat problematic these days. Japanese people are proud of the beauty of their country, but not so many Japanese people have real concerns about their food. For this project, I have therefore taken a closer look at the list of food ingredients. They contain descriptions of incredible additions, probably for the sake of low prices mainly. Some of the photographs show food that is thought to be dangerous for people. Nowadays it is very difficult to get additive-free food and drinks in supermarkets and grocery stores. I think this is proof that we eat without being aware of the problem, and that it seems to be the only way to do it at the moment. It is time to encourage the people of the present generation to address
this issue.

About the Artist
Miko Okada (岡田 舞子) was born in Iwate, Japan, in 1993. She graduated from the “Nippon Photography Institute” in 2014 and was selected for the “Kawaba New-Nature Photo Award” in 2015 and the judge’s choice at the “Nonio Art Wave Award” in 2019.

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with  aa continuously changing editorial team of international experts. These guest editors name photographers or photographic projects which they would like to present to an international public. PHOTOPAPER features this work in single monographic issues of 16 or 32 pages. The main idea is to make high-quality printed photographic work accessible to as many people as possible by producing the final publication at a reasonable price. Therefore, the production process is reduced to a minimum while at the same time using high-end printing technology and a nice paper. Published on a quarterly basis.

About the Publisher

The Fotobookfestival Kassel is a charitable foundation that has been engaged with the artistic medium of the photobook and has presented it in all its facets, since 2008, in a festival program of international standing. The annual festival shows works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, designers, printers, curators and booksellers on an international platform. It was the first festival of its kind dedicated to the photographic book and has founded two novel book awards: The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD for the best photobook mock-up of the year has awarded emerging talents a complete photobook-production since 2010; the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD assembles the best photobooks of the previous year nominated by international experts in the field. Books entered for both awards are showcased regularly in travelling exhibitions at international festivals and photography events. These two awards are unique in their formats and have been role models for other international festivals and events.

Leave a Reply