Daisuke Yokota, the acid-loving photographer from Japan

See new works from the experimental artist testing the limits of his practice

Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota, 32, has a production-intensive approach that is borderline obsessive. He shoots on a compact digital camera, before printing and rephotographing the images in medium-format film.

Then he prints and reprints, again and again, but uses heat and light, or applies acid or naked flames. The result is images that are distorted and uncanny. At the gallery Foam Amsterdam, Yokota will exhibit a collection of his images for his solo show Matter.

Speaking to American Photomag, Yokota said of his work: “When you’re going to sleep, you think about the stuff that happened to you that day. You might see some images, but they’re hazy. Photography can also recall things in this way. Of course my photographs do function as some sort of record, but there’s no agreement between the photograph and my own recollection of what happened. The impression is completely different.” Looking at one of Yokota’s photographs is like recollecting a memory we never have.