31 Jan 2013
Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country’s New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major retrospectives at the New York Metropolitan Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008) and, currently, at Tate Modern in tandem with William Klein. His high-contrast, distorted imagery and raw-verging-on-sordid content has influenced the work of countless photographers. Tang’s relationship to the master of harsh street photography is especially poetic: “The Moriyama black has always fascinated me,” the director writes in homage. “A thick slash of heavy black, so overwhelming.” Filmed while Moriyama was in Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition there, the short splices examples of his oeuvre with footage of the artist himself, whose short sentences are layered over the industrial beat of the city. The result taps into Moriyama’s engaged, multi-sensory experience of the metropolis, which he investigates using not only sight, but also smell and sound. Observations such as “The past cannot be captured by the present, the present can only be captured in the moment” crystallize what Moriyama refers to as “the mighty power” of photography.
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Daido Moriyama: Journey for Something
May 19 - July 28, 2012
Galerie Alex Daniels is proud to present a two-month solo exhibition of works by Daido Moriyama, Japan’s foremost photographer.
This will be a timely opportunity to view an extensive collection of both iconic and new work by the photographer prior to a major show William Klein/Daido Moriyama at Tate Modern, London, later this year.
Moriyama’s extensive oeuvre has been for the most part a love letter to Shinjuku, the bustling area of Tokyo where businessmen, tourists, prostitutes and hipsters jostle the brightly lit streets. The business and political epicentre of Japan, Shinjuku is also home to the city’s vices – the entertainment district Kabukicho, notorious for its gangster activity, brothels and strip clubs. His strikingly grainy black and white images harness this cocktail of rawness and power, its electric energy and its seedy underbelly.
With an eye for the unusual or the absurd, whether in his still life work, or in his images of New York or continental Europe, there is also a playful edge to Moriyama’s work that brings to mind the surrealist photographers of the 1920s.
Largely shot with a small hand-held automatic camera, Moriyama’s work is often partially out of focus or shot on a diagonal. This results in a certain spontaneity, a disorientating looseness that at times can mask his rigorous aesthetic. Many of his photographs evoke a scene in which something has just happened, or just about to – who knows which? The people in his images are either turned away from the camera, their identity obscured, or else challenge the lens with a confrontational stare.
Born in Osaka in 1938, Moriyama witnessed the dramatic period of change that occurred in Japan in the decades following the second world war. Much of his work reflects that tension between tradition and modernity. In the 1960s and 1970s Moriyama’s highly textured, dramatically contrasted images took the Japanese photography scene by storm. He was influenced by Japanese photographers Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu, but also by William Klein and Andy Warhol, Robert Frank. Throughout his long career, Moriyama has exhibited all over the world and produced more than 75 books.
Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam is delighted to announce the launch of a 250-page monograph, in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring a mix of new and iconic images.
Text and image courtesy Galerie Alex Daniels
Fracture: Daido Moriyama
April 7 - July 31, 2012
Daido Moriyama, Shinjuku #11, 2000
Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic of are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s experiments with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page. Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention.
Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography with Takeji Iwaniya, a professional photographer of architecture and crafts. Moving to Tokyo in 1961, he assisted photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years and became familiar with the trenchant social critiques produced by photographer Shomei Tomatsu. He also drew inspiration from William Klein’s confrontational photographs of New York, Andy Warhol’s silkscreened multiples of newspaper images, and the writings of Jack Kerouac and Yukio Mishima.
Text and image courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art