Right: William Klein. Dakar, school’s out, 1985. Painted contact 1998 © William Klein
Left: Daido Moriyama. Memory of Dog 2 1982 © Daido Moriyama
William Klein + Daido Moriyama
October 10, 2012 – January 20 2013 - Tate Modern, Level 3
William Klein + Daido Moriyama will be the first exhibition to examine the relationship between the work of William Klein (b.1928), one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers and film-makers, and that of Daido Moriyama (b.1938), the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement. Taking as its central theme the cities of New York and Tokyo, William Klein + Daido Moriyama will explore both artists’ celebrated depictions of modern urban life.
The exhibition will present approximately 300 works from the 1950s to the present day, including vintage prints, contact sheets, film stills, photographic installations and archival material. The influence of Klein’s seminal 1956 publication Life is Good & Good for You in New York, Trance Witness Revels, as well as his later books Tokyo 1964 and Rome: The City and Its People 1959, will be traced through Moriyama’s radical depictions of post-war Tokyo in Sayonara Photography and The Hunter 1972. The juxtaposition of these artists will not only demonstrate the visual affinity between their urgent, blurred and grainy style of photography, but 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.
Read more about the exhibition here.