Attractive hardback catalogue published to accompany the solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain from December 2015 to March 2016. Moriyama invented a new visual language in his work from the mid- 1960s onwards. Frenetic and tormented, it depicted a reality that was grainy, blurry and out-of-focus. In 2004, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain organized a landmark solo exhibition of Moriyama’s black and white work. His lesser-known colour photography will feature in this latest exhibition. Depicting underground neighbourhoods in the Japanese capital – a favorite location for the photographer – these exclusively colour images reference the motifs that are omnipresent in the artist’s work, as well as his penchant for textures and shaky compositions.
Interesting selection of contemporary Moriyama material shot in Tokyo split between colour and black&white using two differing paper stocks.