Harumichi Saito, winner of Canon's New Cosmos of Photography Award, is one of the most remarkable young photographers in Japan. Many of his photographs are of disabled people, or of minorities within Japanese society. His photos overflow with light and clarity, as he draws a dignity and radiance out of his subjects, which are not limited just to people: he also photographs animals and landscapes. As a photographer, Saito's distinguishing feature is the way he faces his subject directly, which allows the viewer to experience the pure beauty of his photographs. His works express a living, breathing world beyond all classifications or boundaries.