Although dismissed by Klein as "kind of stupid" (O'Hagan) the pairing of the Paris based American and the Japanese photographers seems both obvious and inspired - acording to Russell Ferguson writing in Open City, it was seeing a Japanese edition of Klein's groundbreaking book Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels (1956) that inspired Moriyama to spend his time on the streets,
"mixing myself in with the noise and the crowds, doing nothing except clicking with abandon the shutter of a camera which I seized from a friend." (Ferguson, p13)
Klein: "I saw the book I wanted to do as a tabloid gone berserk, gross, grainy, over-inked, with a brutal layout, bull-horn headlines." (Ferguson, p13)
"Klein even printed aggressively, using bleach and white out on his prints. This harshness, his use of grainy texture and aggressively high contrast, tight cropping and almost solid black tones, proved to be inspirational...Moriyama's Shibuya (1967) and Yokosuka (1970) are as harsh and as powerful as anything by Klein ... Moriyama has continued to push his own technique even harder, often using scratched and otherwise damaged negatives as well as re-photography to create what has become a unique and truly personal body of work. (Ferguson, p13)
This promises to be a terrific show.
Read a review by Sean O'Hagan; read William Klein's My Best Shot, and Daido Moriyama's My Best Shot.
Watch William Klein's 1958 film Broadway by Light, watch videos about Klein and Moriyama on ASX (American Suburb X); read feature and see videos at TimeLightBox; see also blog entry below on Klein.
Ferguson, R. (2001) ‘Open city: possibilities of the street’, in Brougher, K. and Ferguson, R. (eds.) Open city: street photographs since 1950. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art Oxford, pp.9-21
O'Hagan, Sean (2012) William Klein: 'I was an outsider, following my instincts', The Guardian, 28 April
|William Klein, 4 Heads, Thanksgiving Day, New York, 1955|
|William Klein, Gun 2, New York, 1954|
|William Klein, New York, 1954|
|Daido Moriyama, Smash Up, 1969 [photographed from a road safety poster]|
|Daido Moriyama, Yokosuka,1971|
|Daido Moriyama, Tights, 2011|