William Klein + Daido Moriyama @ Tate Modern

Tate Modern: Exhibition
10 October 2012 – 20 January 2013
£12.70, concessions available

Explore modern urban life in New York and Tokyo through the work of photographs of William Klein and Daido Moriyama. This is the first exhibition to look at the relationship between the work of influential photographer and filmmaker Klein, and that of Moriyama, the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s.

With work from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition demonstrates the visual affinity between their urgent, blurred and grainy style of photography and also their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, from anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalisation and urban deprivation.

The exhibition also considers the medium and dissemination of photography itself, exploring the central role of the photo-book in avant-garde photography and the pioneering use of graphic design within these publications. As well the issues of Provoke magazine in which Moriyama and his contemporaries showcased their work, the exhibition will include fashion photography from Klein’s work with Vogue and installations relating to his satirical films Mister Freedom and Who Are You Polly Maggoo?

Related events


Urban Encounters
Saturday 6 October 2012, 10.00 – 18.00

Talks and lectures

Artist’s talk: Daido Moriyama
Tuesday 9 October 2012, 18.30 – 20.30

British Sign Language talk: William Klein + Daido Moriyama
Friday 2 November 2012, 19.00 – 20.00

The Photobook & Photography Now
Saturday 24 November 2012, 14.00 – 16.00

Music and live performance

Daido Moriyama Printing Show
Sunday 14 October 2012, 10.00 – 18.00

Courses and workshops

Metamorphosis: Poetry from Art
Mondays, 15 October to 19 November, 18.45–20.15


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