Officially, Transnistria does not exist. It is not recognised by any other state, yet its inhabitants are undeterred in their fight for independence from Moldova. 500,000 people live in Transnistria, whose passports and currency are worthless beyond its borders. A visit to a self-declared state between communism, hospitality and a search for identity.
Born 1980, Kosuke Okahara raised in Tokyo. Studied education theory before working as a freelance photographer. Awards include the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship 2010 and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography 2012. The reportage on Transnistria was created with the Leica M7, a Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 Asph and an Elmarit-M 24 mm f/2.8 Asph, using Kodak Tri-X 400 films shot at ASA 800.