The Carla Sozzani gallery in Milan plays host to the most recent Daido Moriyama exhibition titled ‘In Colour’. The acclaimed Japanese photographer has exhibited at many galleries across the globe including a large retrospectives at the Tate Modern and MoMA. Moriyama’s work has an intrinsic delicate nature, often acting as an unexpected documentation of the fleeting moments of daily life. Known for his highly-exposed black and white images, Moriyama has experimented with film photography for over fifty years, constantly rebelling against cultural and societal norms to create exciting, maybe even unsettling images.
For the first time, Moriyama exhibits his colour photography, where soft focus, long exposure, delicately blurred images sit juxtaposed amongst harsh, colour drenched scenes. Once again drawing upon personal experiences, Moriyama utilises documentary and constructed images to create tension between the natural and a dream-like world. Capturing street scenes of Tokyo and his lifestyle, Moriyama has created a whole new realm of his artwork by recording the world around him in vibrant colour.
Curator Filippo Maggia has revealed over 130 photographs taken in the late Sixties and early Eighties that have never been exhibited before along with a range of photos captured more recently. With a backdrop of richly coloured walls from bright red to somber black, every inch of the exhibition avoids the typical black-and-white gallery space. Maggia has created a space where the visitors can truly appreciate the vibrant and almost tangible energy in Moriyama’s images.
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