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Color

The visual journal of Daido Moriyama that we present in the exhibition at Foto Colectania also includes a series of color images. Many have claimed that their color photographs offer an experience that is no less than that of their black and white images.

The curators of the exhibition, Louise Wolthers and Sara Walker, explain in the catalog that accompanies the exhibition: "The tones of the colour photos are often extremely saturated, which help stress the almost fetishistic quality of objects and surfaces such as soft leather couches, glossy nail polish, gleamy fish and waxy vegetables, glowing skin and smooth plastic".

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At the exhibition dedicated to his work in color in Milan in 2016, he was asked how color and black and white differ, Moriyama himself explains:

“Black and white represents the guts of my work, the most internal and dramatic part, contact with something I can’t explain or communicate in any other way. Instead with colour I feel I remain on the surface and glance over what is real, also accepting the beauty and not just the tension. I have always deliberately sought rather trashy colours for their capacity to represent the everyday, the ephemeral, the part of the city that is without depth yet visually sensual and alluring."

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© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

"It may look like I’m just pointing the camera at what’s in front of me. But I’m trying to photograph what people see, but don’t notice – something that’s mysterious and unknown in everyday life."

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© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation
© Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation
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