Photography at its best

Great American photographer, William Klein and Osaka-born photographer, Daido Moryama captivated art lovers at London this week.

The Tate Modern opened a new exhibition composed of 15 rooms where viewers were able to observe and admire creative street photography and film as the two artists challenged the mind’s understanding of striking abstract compilations.

With the use of striking colors including red, yellow, white, black, we could all travel from New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo through visual imagery.

A William Klein photo mural when entering the exhibition. Photo taken by Niya Sinckler.

William Klein delved into transferring ideas from one medium to another. It was a great way to convey an ambiguous relationship between figuration and abstraction. Klein even magnified four contact sheets for a more expressive approach of photography featuring New York, Paris and Dakar. As a native New Yorker, I was mesmerized by his photos and wandered through the rooms for two hours.

Then Japanese artist, Moriyama focused on her fascination for consumerism including the Tokyo district of Shinjuku with bars, clubs and street life. Also since I’ve visited Shinjuku, I could recognize a few of the venues. The image portrayed an objective truth as one step closer to reality. Almost all of her photos question the nature of urban experience through using themes o time and memory. Additionally, Moriyama was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road novel. She traveled through Japan and created Hunter 1972 that shows photographs where blurs, scratches and grains are valued. This is another attempt to push the boundaries of photography.

Tomei Expressway. Artist: Daido Moriyama (森山 大道 ). Year: 1968.

The photography exhibition is on display until 20 January 2013. Admission: £12.70. Closest tube: Southwark on the Jubilee line (the grey one).

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