Shomei Tomatsu & Daido Moriyama
Shomei Tomatsu: 09.09.10 – 09.10.10. / Daido Moriyama: 10.09.10. – 10.10.10.
The work of Daido Moryiama and Shomei Tomatsu, the two giants of the Japanese post-war movement presented side by side for the first time in the UK, will be unveiled at the Michael Hoppen Gallery this weekend.
Despite being relatively unknown outside his home country, seventy-seven year old Shomei Tomatsu is widely considered the most important figure in Japanese post-war photography. Combining a unique visual style with personal insight, his work spans a period of more than 50 years, examining the island nation since World War II with quiet brilliance and an uncompromising look on a complex, nuanced subject. His major American retrospective in 2006, Skin of a Nation, was hailed as one of the most important shows of Japanese photography to have been staged in the United States of America.
Complicated and disconcerting, Daido Moriyama’s raw and visceral work reflects the disruption wreaked by the American World War II occupation and the profound social shifts accelerated by industrialization and urbanization. Examining the collision of a traditionally insular culture and freewheeling capitalism, Moriyama’s images are timeless portrayals of the unsettling limbo thrown up by the clash between the old and the new.