Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier, Paris

Daido Moriyama, Tokyo Color, 2008-2015
C-print, 111.5 x 149 cm. Courtesy of the artist / Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

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Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier, Paris

Daido Moriyama's dizzying street photography explored in immersive new Paris exhibition...

One of a rare breed, Daido Moriyama is a street photographer who doesn’t just capture moments and stories, or compose a visual narrative; the renowned Japanese artist puts his audience in the centre of the action. Moriyama brings the street to you.

Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

Tokyo Color, 2008-2015
C-print, 111.5 x 149 cm
Courtesy of the artist /
Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

His unique style is born of a unique approach: handheld camera an extension of himself, images captured frenetically, never stopping to compose a shot. Inspired by William Klein and Robert Frank, a young Daido Moriyama used the avant garde aesthetics he had gravitated toward after moving to Tokyo in 1961, and developed his own claustrophobic style of street photography.

Shooting from the hip, abandoning his viewfinder, Moriyama has long been associated with black and white photography — since the early-2000s, though, the artist was primarily shooting in colour, then converting to the monochrome that defined him; ‘the black and white tells about my inner worlds, my emotions and deep feelings that I feel every day walking through the streets of Tokyo or other cities,’ he explains.

Showing now at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Daido Tokyo includes a large number of the images that Moriyama has chosen to keep in colour — an aesthetic that speaks of reality over the symbolism of black and white; ‘colour describes what I meet without any filters, and I like to record the instant for the way it looks to me.’

Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

Tokyo Color, 2008-2015
C-print, 111.5 x 149 cm
Courtesy of the artist /
Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

Fans of a darker Tokyo will appreciate a specially-commissioned piece by Fondation Cartier; Dog and Mesh Tights is a dizzying, multi-screen projection of images Moriyama captured between July 2014 and March 2015. Composed of back-alleys, faded posters, doorways and exteriors from Tokyo to Hong Kong, Houston to Los Angeles, the project acts as an immersion into the relentless commotion of contemporary cities.

A 248-page catalogue including 377 black and white and colour reproductions (including a text by the artist dedicated to his love for Shinjuku) along with two individually numbered and signed lithographs — 60 copies (45×59 cm) of each — have been produced in conjunction with the show; Daido Tokyo continues at Fondation Cartier, Paris, until 5 June.

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Tokyo Color

Daido Moriyama, Tokyo Color, 2008-2015
C-print, 111.5 x 149 cm. Courtesy of the artist / Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

Dog and Mesh Tights
Dog and Mesh Tights

Daido Moriyama, Dog and Mesh Tights, 2014-2015
Slide show of 291 black-and-white photographs, 25’
Music by Toshihiro Oshima. Video Concept : Gérard Chiron
Courtesy of the artiste / Getsuyosha Limited / Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

Tokyo Color
Tokyo Color
Tokyo Color
Tokyo Color

Daido Moriyama, Tokyo Color, 2008-2015
C-print, 111.5 x 149 cm. Courtesy of the artist / Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

Dog and Mesh Tights
Dog and Mesh Tights

Daido Moriyama, Dog and Mesh Tights, 2014-2015
Slide show of 291 black-and-white photographs, 25’
Music by Toshihiro Oshima. Video Concept : Gérard Chiron
Courtesy of the artiste / Getsuyosha Limited / Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

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