Yesterday, Foam announced the winner of the 2016 Paul Huf Award, the annual prize given to a photography talent under 35 years old that consists of € 20,000 and a project with Foam. Photographer Daisuke Yokota (b. 1983, Saitama) was chosen for this year's award by an international jury.
An international jury of leading figures across the industry decided on young Japanese talent Daisuke Yokota for the tenth edition of the award, choosing from a pool of 97 nominated photographers from 29 countries worldwide. The jury, which included Simon Baker (chairman, senior curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate London) and Lucy Conticello (Director of Photography at M, Le Monde) among others, were quoted as saying: “Daisuke Yokota is one of the most innovative and experimental young photographers working in the world today. The jury were unanimous in their decision that he win the 2016 Foam Paul Huf Award, in recognition of his complex, sophisticated practice. Yokota has established a formidable reputation as a young artist who has the ability to take photography forward into ever more original directions; from prints, to artist’s books, installations, and collaborative performance, and always with a distinctive and unmistakable visual language.”
In response to winning, Yokota comments: "I really did not expect this news, so I could not sleep well last night from all the excitement. In the early days, when I started following the international photography-related news, I got to know this award. It has always been one of my goals to be part of it, so I am very pleased and honoured. I would like to take this opportunity to further develop my work and career." The artist has exhibited and participated in performances at Unseen with G/P Gallery a number of times. In 2013, he was the first recipient of the first Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund.
The Foam Paul Huf Award has been organised by Foam since 2007. The prize focuses entirely on young, international talent and boasts an impressive list of previous winners. Previous winners include Momo Okabe in 2015, Daniel Gordon in 2014, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs in 2013, Alex Prager in 2012, who was represented by Michael Hoppen Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair 2012, and Pieter Hugo in 2008, who was represented by Yossi Milo Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair 2012.
According to Marloes Krijnen, director of Foam and co-founder and board member of Unseen, "Next to the Foam Magazine Talent Issue and Unseen, the award is very much in line with Foam's objective to discover and support international, young photography talent."
© Daisuke Yokota/Courtesy G/P Gallery, Untitled, 2015.