MEDIUM:GELATIN SILVER PRINT
DIMENSIONS:50 X 60 CM
This photograph may also be available in 100 x 150 cm upon request.
Signed and dated by the artist on the back.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
At first glance, the subject of Tights is unclear. The intersecting black lines seem almost abstract, but slowly the curve of the body reveals itself.
Daido Moriyama’s emphasis on immediacy imbues his work with a strong sense of physical presence, intensifying the feeling of discomfort when viewing this image. Tights is almost claustrophobic in its cropped composition, serving to highlight the dramatic intensity of this erotically charged image. Although the photograph is suggestively sexual, this is subtly rendered in a way that becomes enigmatic rather than pornographic.
Though the extreme close-up and contrast of this photograph appears more artistic and constructed than Moriyama’s ‘point and shoot’ street photography, it still shares the cohesive aim to observe and highlight areas of overlooked reality. Moriyama is constantly seeking the mysterious and unknown aspects of everyday life.
The abstract tendency in this image is significant as it points to Japanese influence and character in Moriyama’s photography. Although he predominantly cites American influences – Kerouac, Warhol and Klein – his work also recalls Japanese techniques of calligraphy and woodblock print. As Moriyama admits, “There is something very vernacular, something I can feel and smell as Japanese in what I do. So if at first glance the pictures might look quite American, there’s a belief in Japanese tradition that comes out in them even if I’m not always conscious of it.”
Daiwa Radiator Factory, Daido Moriyama: The Complete Works Vol. 2 1974–1992, p. 407
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Daido Moriyama, p. 57
Galerie Kamel Mennour, Daido Moriyama: Remix, n.p.
Phaidon, Daido Moriyama 55, cover and p. 111
Shimane Art Museum, Hunter of Light: Daido Moriyama 1965–2003, pl. 348