Currently reading : Daido Moriyama – Eyes Lips Tights
After moving to Tokyo in 1961 to become a photographic assistant, Osaka-born Daido Moriyama began churning out his distinctive lo-fi and deeply dark and unnerving images of the city’s underbelly. As cities in Japan were rapidly urbanizing, Moriyama deliberately eschewed the crisp, saturated “guidebook” aesthetic in favor of a hi-contrast, grainy photographs of things “that urbanism had left behind.” Armed with just a small point-and-shoot camera, Moriyama still traverses Tokyo, especially in the lesser-traveled Shinjuku area, discreetly capturing the people, scenes, and artifacts of urban life. To me, his photographs, especially those of tights, evoke the Surrealist descriptions of Georges Bataille’s l’informe (formlessness), abstracting bodies and blurring the line between people and their form.
To learn more about Moriyama, definitely check out the Tate’s text and videos regarding his 2012 show with William Klein.