IPA Interviews with Winning Photographers

Interview with

Daisuke Takakura

2nd Place in People Category 2015

What is your background?

I’m Japanese.
Although I was registered at the law department at the university, I spent a lot of time doing theater.
I continued theatrical activities with peers after graduation from the university and studied design and photography in the meantime.

What kind of photography do you most identify with?

I think my work is related to the staged photo, portraits, and fine art.

Explain your style in 100 words

My major project called “Monodramatic” is the work that incorporates elements of theater and design.
The style is in the motif of monodrama by the models who are engaged in theater or performance activities.
This style describes communication with myself and represents many faces and capabilities that humans have, and various effects that humans can provoke in me.

What photograph left a lasting impression on you and why?

RYAN MCGINLEY “cyclone”
I was impressed by the beauty I didn’t understand.

When did you discover your passion for photography?

When I started to participate in some competitions and the competitions took no notice of my work, I felt more frustrated than I thought.

What jobs have you done other than being a photographer?

I’m not only a photographer but also a designer and I am connected to the theater, I am happy where I am now.

What is your dream project?

Publishing the book “Monodramatic” and winning a prize.

Name 5 photographers who have inspired you

ALEX PRAGER
RYAN MCGINLEY
ANDREAS GURSKY
YUKI ONODERA
RINKO KAWAUCHI

What would you do without photography?

Theater!

How do you know when a body of work is finished?

I don’t know.
I may think I don’t want to finish it.

Is there one photograph of yours that you are very proud of? Why?

“monodramatic / crowd” is the one I’m very proud of.
These images were chosen as the main visual of fotofever 2015(PARIS) and YOUNG PORTFOLIO 2015(JAPAN) and more.

What was your first camera?

A mobile phone camera!

What camera do you use now and why?

Nikon D800
Sony α7R2

They have abundant capabilities, and they look cool.

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