Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu @ Michael Hoppen Gallery

Daido Moriyama & Shomei Tomatsu

10.09.10 - 10.10.10

Michael Hoppen Contemporary

The work of Daido Moryiama and Shomei Tomatsu, the two giants of the Japanese post-war movement presented side by side for the first time in the UK, will be unveiled at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in September. While their photographs differ in style, sentiment is common to both. They address love, anguish and anger with equal power, passion and subtlety.

Despite being relatively unknown outside his home country, seventy-seven year old Shomei Tomatsu is widely considered the most important figure in Japanese post-war photography. Combining a unique visual style with personal insight, his work spans a period of more than 50 years, examining the island nation since World War II with quiet brilliance and an uncompromising look on a complex, nuanced subject. His major American retrospective in 2006, Skin of a Nation, was hailed as one of the most important shows of Japanese photography to have been staged in the United States of America... (continue reading)

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