Art exhibition: Daido Moriyama at Simon Lee Gallery

Finally, the third and final exhibition that I visited in the Pedder Building. It was a photographic exhibition that my friends had recommended: Searching Journeys by the well-known Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama.

He is widely recognised for his innovative, highly personal and unvarnished depictions of urban life. He is known for back-street boxers, strippers and gay prostitutes.

Daido Moriyama Simon Lee Gallery Hong Hong 0

His style is black and white with heavy grain. The subjects can be rough, blurred and even out of focus. That’s because he is known to take quick snapshots without looking through the viewfinder. The images are a result of experimenting with light, shade and abstraction while allowing for photographic chance.

Daido Moriyama Simon Lee Gallery Hong Hong 1

They are definitely interesting and unique – given that Daido Moriyama has been portraying the Japanese society for decades. I certainly admire him for that. But it’s not a style that I would adopt – but it is definitely very eye-catching.

Daido Moriyama Simon Lee Gallery Hong Hong 2

Daido Moriyama is famous – his work has been been collected by prominent public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Centre Pompidou, Paris – and it is great to see a few of his pictures at the Simon Lee Gallery in Central.

Daido Moriyama Simon Lee Gallery Hong Hong 3

The show runs until May 7 and is open Monday-Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Simon Lee Gallery
304, 3F The Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central

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