Preview: Impressive Japanese Photography Exhibit Shomei Tomatsu & Daido Moriyama, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 19, 2010 at 7:05 am


Melted Bottle, Shomei Tomatsu

Japan has given us some of the greatest post-war photography and this exhibit spotlights two great photographers: Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama.

Cinematic in scope and presentation, Tomatsu’s first UK exhibition will provide a candid look at the effects of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the impact of the Japanese post-1960s economic boom and the continuing influence of American military and popular culture in Okinawa. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity as Tomatsu’s work is rarely available or exhibited, though his artistic longevity as a photographer and the esteem of his peers is a tribute to his vast talent.


Hawaii, Daido Moriyama

Complicated and disconcerting, Daido Moriyama’s raw and visceral work reflects the disruption wreaked by the American World War II occupation and the profound social shifts accelerated by industrialization and urbanization. Examining the collision of a traditionally insular culture and freewheeling capitalism, Moriyama’s images are timeless portrayals of the unsettling limbo thrown up by the clash between the old and the new.

Now through October 9th.

For more information: Michael Hoppen Gallery

For an excellent review by Francis Hodgson: Financial Times

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