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Fracture: Daido Moriyama April 7 – July 31, 2012

Fracture: Daido Moriyama April 7 – July 31, 2012

LACMA is hosting Daido Moriyama’s first solo museum exhibition through July.  Moriyama’s work has a very familiar and current aesthetic about it, although he was doing this way before iPhone apps were invented and street photography was something that every kid in the modern world automatically took part in.   His work is raw and honest.  There is no masking beauty, rather he depicts a side of Japan that is often looked past and not photographed. Much of his work is imperfect on purpose.   In many ways, most of us, with or without knowing, are inspired by Moriyama’s style and perception. In our current modern society we are no less than inundated with visuals from our friends and whatever resource we choose to follow.   Take peek through any photo sharing site of street photography and the influences become apparent.

LACMA has an intimate view of Moriyama’s work with 50 prints that span several decades as well as a documentary that follows him to work on the streets.  The film offers an insightful look at the man behind the work.

Caption: Daido Moriyama, Untitled (male geisha), 1968, gelatin-silver print, 19×15 inches, Courtesy of The Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser Collection of Photographs. 

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