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SOLITUDE DE L'OEIL, 2007

Photograph

Portfolio with 6 chromogenic prints, mounted on cardboard. Case made of painted plastic.

20.35 x 1.77 x 2.05 in

51.7 x 4.5 x 5.2 cm

Edition of 40

This work is signed.

$12,000
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About The Work

A major figure in contemporary Japanese photography, Daido Moriyama is one of the founders of the avant-garde movement, Provoke, which came to life in the 1960s. He is at the core of what emerged as a new visual language, both nervous and frantic, that delighted in the out-of-focus, the grainy and deformity in general. In this portfolio, six poems by Michel Bulteau are infused with the rumblings of Tokyo, poems that speak equally of its derelict side as its luster. The poet lines up specific details, fishing out odd fragments from Moriyama’s photographs as he pulls us into his spectral universe, crawling with gangsters and clawed animals. Bathed in a melancholic light, the photographs share characteristics with the color work of the artist and describe a sensual and sorrowful Tokyo. The tray-like case takes its inspiration from the steep slopes that crown most buildings in Tokyo and its painted plastic recalls contemporary Japanese architecture. The text follows the line drawing of a confused network of electric cables, evoking the complex urban tissue of the Japanese capital. 

Courtesy of Zucker Art Books

About Daido Moriyama

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