‘Colour Photographs, 41’ (2015) by Daisuke Yokota

For Daisuke Yokota, the moment of taking a photograph is merely the start of a long, obsessive process before his final image is realised.

Yokota, 32, shoots on a compact digital camera, before printing and re-photographing his images. He then prints and reprints, applying heat and light, acid or naked flames, often in public performances, to create his warped, otherworldly photographs.

In this image from his Colour Photographs collection, he took no actual pictures, instead exposing his photographic film to heat and water to create a series of abstract patterns.

Yokota, a rising star amid a new generation of Japanese artists and photographers, compares his work to memories distorted by delay, reverb and echo: “You’re trying to recall something, and photography can also recall things this way . . . but there’s no agreement between the photo and my recollection of what happened”.

Yokota’s work features in ‘Foam Talent’, an exhibition featuring the work of 24 young artists and photographers at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York, from March 30 to April 16. foam.org

Photographs: Daisuke Yokota/courtesy of artist and G/P gallery

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Untitled, 2015 © Daisuke Yokota/Courtesy of artist and G/P gallery

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