Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Klein/Moriyama at Tate Modern
This is a belated post about the study visit to see these two photographers at Tate Modern. I thought the show was excellent. There was so much to see and the work was presented in such a variety of ways from small prints to huge blown up images filling whole walls - not to mention the many photo-books from Martin Parr's vast collection displayed in low-level glass cases and video too.
The collection was divided into two areas dealing with each photographer and then placed into smaller divided sections within them. The collection of work on display seemed, to me, to exude energy. William Klein is well known for his graphic design skills that he brought to his photo-books incorporating full bleed layouts that were considered innovative at the time. His work seemed more concerned with people and the dynamic hustle and bustle of life on the streets.
Daidi Moriyama on the other hand seemed to have a more modern and darker approach to his photography - giving unclear or blurred and out of focus movement showing strange glimpses of life. His worked tended to be shown in groups of objects creating strange juxtapositions. It is clear that both photographers like to get up close and personal with their cameras.
I was inspired by the tilted horizons and crazy angles featured in many of the compositions. This is where a lot of the energy came from in the photographs. I have attempted to incorporate this technique into my image making in my latest assignment.
I needed much longer to take in the exhibition and would like to have made a couple of visits but it has closed now unfortunately - but it is one of the best I have seen in a long while.