Daido MoriyamaInterview Kathleen Hefty

Tokyo, October 30th, 2017
Interview Kathleen Hefty

New generations of photographers continuously usher in fresh modes of presenting cultural sensations, political movements, and contemporary iconography often hidden or overlooked by mainstream outlets, but it is rare that an artist maintains this feat over many decades. Born in 1938, Daido Moriyama has done just that. Indeed, if anyone can capture the spirit and visual culture of modern Japan through images, it is arguably Moriyama. Through his candid and quick style of street photography, Moriyama has caught on film a half century of the back-alleys, bars, blinking signage, fashion, and anonymous faces of a rapidly-changing post-war Tokyo.

While the majority of his exhibited and printed photographs are in black-and-white, a recent series exhibited at New York City’s Luhring Augustine gallery captures a vividly colorful city in a constant state of flux. Through large-scale works, which are wallpapered across the gallery, Moriyama pieces together a modern portrait of Tokyo. In the center of the room, a slideshow flashes a captivating memory screen of color photographs—intimate and experimental pictures that date back to his early forays in the medium. To witness a collection of Moriyama’s photographs is to be transported to the city itself.




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