Two great street photographers whose works contemplate and capture the experience of urban living, one big show! Yep, London’s Tate Modern has a brilliant show on at the moment featuring tons of excellent photography and more from two of the biggest names in the genre from the past half century: William Klein and Daido Moriyama.
One half of Tate’s massive William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition zooms in on the works New Yorker cum Parisian photographer and filmmaker William Klein. From fashion to gritty street action, Klein’s covered it all and it’s good to see how covered the walls of Tate Modern are with his early paintings (Klein studied as a fine artist), screens playing his films and even new pieces.
Just as rewarding for viewers is the opportunity to check out Klein’s stuff and then compare and contrast with the photography of Daido Moriyama. Another heavyweight in the field,
Whereas Klein’s well known for applying a bit of cheek to his shots and staging moments, Moriyama is infamous for his unflinching focus on some of the darker aspects of life. Primarily shooting in Tokyo, the Japanese photographer’s pieces in this exhibition suggest there’s substance in the shadows as he seems to consciously choose to stop and snap when others might involuntarily turn away.
William Klein + Daido Moriyama runs until January 20, 2013 at Tate Modern. If visiting around the festival season it’s reasonable to expect Tate Modern to see more people than usual coming through the doors. Taking a few tips from the folks at Tate Modern on the “easiest ways” to catch the show may be wise. Here’s some advice from tate.org.uk:
• Become a Tate Member and avoid the ticket queues. Members do not need to book timed tickets. Show your members card at the exhibition entrance;
• Book more than three days in advance to have tickets sent to you in the mail;
• Book online between four hours and two days in advance of visiting and pick your tickets up in the gallery. Tickets booked on the phone must be done so at least 24 hours in advance;
• Buy tickets from 10 a.m. on the day in the gallery. There may be queues at times, booking in advance is recommended.
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Photo: Chris Osburn