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Akio Nagasawa Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “SCANDALOUS”, an exhibition of works by Daido Moriyama.
Understanding “a photograph as a copy of reality,” Moriyama has been actively engaging in the replication of his works by all kinds of techniques and media, including next to gelatin silver prints also offset printed photo books and silkscreen printed T-shirts. This exhibition focuses not on his gelatin silver prints, but introduces silkscreen printed items.
Moriyama claims that the tension between the “image” and its “replication” is similar to the tension that arises between the “act of photographing” and the “intent in the moment of shooting.” For this exhibition he selected images intended to cause “visual scandals” mainly from the “Accident” series made in the late 1960s, and transferred them by way of silkscreen onto paper or canvas – many of them being printed and published for the first time. As mentioned above, Moriyama is open to various techniques when it comes to turning the images he photographed into objects. Silkscreen printing is a familiar technique that Moriyama has been employing since 1969, and was therefore chosen as an appropriate method for transferring Moriyama’s selection of “visually scandalous” images. What makes this exhibition particularly worth visiting is the fact that text works in the form of Moriyama-designed neon tubes will be on display as separate elements in addition to the silkscreen items.
We hope you find the time to experience an exhibition that Moriyama himself describes as a “visually scandalous” space.
If you have the chance, please take a look also at the entirely silkscreen printed large-format photo book SCANDALOUS that will be published in a limited edition of 350 signed & numbered copies concurrently with the exhibition.
Born 1938 in Osaka. After working as an assistant for photographers Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe, he went independent in 1964. He has been publishing his works in photography magazines among others, and received a New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association for Japan: A Photo Theater in 1967. Between 1968 and ’70 he was involved in the photo fanzine Provoke, and his style of grainy, high-contrast images that came to be referred to as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) made an impact on the realm of photography. Solo shows at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris solidified Moriyama’s worldwide reputation, and in 2012, he became the first Japanese to be awarded in the category of Lifetime Achievement at the 28th Annual Infinity Awards hosted by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. The “William Klein + Daido Moriyama” exhibition together with William Klein at London’s Tate Modern in 2012-13 was a showdown of two immensely popular photographers that took the world by storm.
The book contains Moriyama's own selection of "visually scandalous" images including unreleased works, taken mainly from the "Accident" series made in the late 1960s, and entirely silkscreen printed for this edition.