Born in 1992, Shimane, Japan.
In the summer of 2021, Kawatani went to Turkey to do a photo project. On his trip, he went to visit a small city on a mountainside. This place seemed unreal and almost fictional with the strong sunlight that reflected in the clear water, on the limestone, and in every surface. He decided to stay in this small town to do the series Salty Yoghurt to depict the strong colours and shapes at the intersection of the bright sunlight and the sharp edges in the city. In the series, he process his photographs through collages to visualize and reflect upon the relationship between the photography as representation and the the possibilities in post production in our digital era.
Kohei Kawatani received the Jury’s Award from Charlotte Cotton at the Japan Photo Award in 2019. In 2021, he was the first Japanese photographer to win the Kassel Dummy Award, and his photobook “Tofu-Knife” was published by MAS/MASA as result of the award.