London’s Hamiltons Gallery presents a reinterpretation of the work of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, known for his often dark documentation of Japanese street culture. The gallery’s curator and owner Tim Jeffries has selected 16 images from the photographer’s vast portfolio, encompassing tens of thousands of photographs and spanning over half a century since the birth of his documentation of postwar Tokyo, to be presented in a new context in silkscreen. The noir master’s lens captured the disintegration of daily culture, notably the immense cultural and societal shifts occurring after the city’s occupation that thrusted a brash vulgarity on the then insular nation, recording the breakdown of its traditional value systems. The brief selection chosen to represent the photographer’s gritty oeuvre is given a calligraphic fluidity through the adopted medium, bringing to life the often harsh imagery captured in the streets around Tokyo’s Shinjuku area in a new way.
The Exhibition runs until 20th December