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Daido Moriyama

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Daido Moriyama (1938) - How to create a beautiful picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed later cm 44 x 35,8 (cm 41,3 x 28,4 picture) | 17.3 x 14.1 in. (16.3 x 11.2 in. picture) Signed in pencil on the verso Framed PROVENANCE Photographs, Phillips London, 3/11/2016, Lot 107 LITERATURE How to create a beautiful picture 6, Shashin Jidai, Japan, 1987 D. Moriama (edited by), Nakayi Eno Tabi (A journey to Nakayi), Sokyu-Sha, 1987 Known for his lacerating and deliberately provocative visions, the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama comes from graphic design studies and this affects not only his work, which often alludes to abstraction, but also his decisive choice of black and white to which he attributes an erotic charge that he does not find in colour. The ironic title of this image, which is part of the series of the same name, alludes to his habit of looking for his subjects while walking around the city without any apparent purpose; perhaps it is no coincidence that he states that he was particularly influenced by the book "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, author of the text of another great book, this time a photographic one, "The Americans" by Robert Frank. In this way, certain elements such as the gridded forms end up appearing as a constant that cannot be escaped.