On a particularly grey and rainy Monday morning, I made my way to Tate Modern to preview their latest exhibition which opens this week. William Klein + Daido Moriyama is the first exhibition to examine the relationship between the work of William Klein, one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers and film-makers, and that of Daido Moriyama, the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s. Bringing together over three hundred works from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition demonstrates the visual affinity between their urgent, blurred and grainy style of photography and also their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, from anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalisation and urban deprivation. New ways of presenting photography are also demonstrated. A personal highlight of the exhibition has to be Moriyama’s installation Polaroid/Polaroid 1997, in which he recreates his studio interior through a meticulous arrangement of Polaroid images. One of the most inspiring and thought provoking exhibitions I’ve seen in a while. Definitely check it out. More imagery on the reverse.
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