Yasuhiro Ogawa was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1968, and began to practice photography when he was 24, influenced by the work Sebastiao Salgado. Since his first exhibition titled “Futashika-na-Chizu” which was held at Ginza Kodak Photo-salon, Tokyo, in 1999 — which garnered Ogawa the 37th Taiyo Award in 2000 — Ogawa’s work has been extensively exhibited and published in various publications. This year Ogawa won the prestigious Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan for his Slowly Down the River work, from which the above image comes. The work centers around the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China, and the profound changes wrought by this massive development.
Slowly Down the River is available from the Japan Exposures Bookstore.