Daisuke Yokota graduated from Nippon Photography Institute in 2003. He received several awards including the John Kobal Award (2015), the first Outset Unseen Exhibition Fund Award (2013), the Grand Prize from 1_WALL Photo Competition (2010); and received an Honorable Mention from the 31st Canon New Cosmos of Photography (2008). In 2015, his work was selected to exhibit in a group exhibition “Another Language: 8 Japanese Photographers” curated by Simon Baker in the Rencontres d’Arles. Yokota is a member of the international artists collective AM projects and the Japanese photographer collective mp1.jp. He has had several publications including Color Photographs (Harper’s Books, 2015) and CORPUS (artbeat publishers, 2014). Yokota’s work is collected by Foam Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.
Corpus / 2014
Corpus is a series of grainy black and white close-up images featuring human limbs and torsos tangled up together. In the images, the indistinct bodies seem to be those of a man and a woman embracing each other in bed. The unique visual aesthetic in Yokota’s images is a result of his experiment of multiple rephotographing and printing, applying chemicals and burning the films.