Koichiro Kurita was born in Japan and studied perceptual psychology at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe. After reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau Kurita was inspired to photograph the natural landscape. Kurita traveled to the United States on a grant from the Asian Cultural Council Foundation. He began visiting the sites mentioned in Thoreau's book, exploring secluded areas only accessible by canoe. Kurita utilizes the early photographic process of calotype; using paper negatives and developing his images on location. The paper negatives are transferred to albumen and salted print paper using ultra violet light.