Koichiro Saito


There are times when we have the opportunity to photograph a stunningly beautiful and wonderful dish. But a dish cannot be considered complete without great ingredients, and likewise, a chef, too, is not complete without great ingredients.
So where and how are such ingredients produced and gathered?
If you trace story of the ingredients of great cuisine, you will find yourself the midst of wonderful farmers, producers, and fishermen.
I am impressed by these people, and the time and effort they put into their work. I wish to express, celebrate, and convey this admiration in my photographs.
In particular, the food produced in Japan, where I live, is something that people all over the world think highly of. So, I would like to continue photographing with a sense longing and keen interest the people who produce the food and ingredients of Japan, something which is recognized as a world cultural heritage.

OM SYSTEM cameras allow you to take pictures without worrying about water, dirt, or other problems at all. Since the camera does not mind rain or snow, you can seek out subjects anywhere you like. This means you will never be discouraged from shooting in places like a kitchen, or even the ocean, rivers, fields, mountains, and beyond.
I often use the flash while I work, but it can also be used in any weather condition.
I also appreciate its small size and light weight- so even after long hours of working I can keep my concentration on shooting. This camera reliably allows me to make high quality pictures in any situation.

My Gear
M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO
M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO
I shoot 80% of my work with the OM-1 and the 12-100mm lens. This setup can handle various angles of view, from wide-angle to telephoto, all without changing lenses. I’m impressed with the image quality as well.
The OM-5 is compact, very lightweight, and has a lot of great functions. I also use the 8-25mm lens for a wide range of views of people and environments they are in.

A fresh fish store at the Tasaki Market in Kumamoto. Here a large fish is expertly handled.



High image quality and high performance packed into a compact, lightweight body.
A partner for your adventures. The OM-5.

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