Daido Moriyama "Bye-bye Polaroid"

Taka Ishii Gallery

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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our ninth solo exhibition with Daido Moriyama entitled "Bye-bye Polaroid". This latest exhibition will feature around 600 Polaroids photos taken in Tokyo between April and August this year.

"'Snap the shutter and get a photo in a minute!' was the underlying concept and stance behind using a Polaroid camera, rather like the TV commercial slogan for instant rice: 'step in the front door and have rice in two minutes!' For more than half a century, Polaroid cameras enabled the dream for instantly visible pictures to become reality. I have to write this in the past tense because Polaroid ended the production of instant films this summer. So I thought about holding an exhibition of Polaroid photos to say good bye to the medium personally. Yes, "bye-bye polaroid!" is the message I want to deliver. There was nothing more exciting for me than taking Polaroid photos." -Daido Moriyama

As the title "Bye-bye polaroid" suggests, Polaroid has stopped manufacturing instant film. The decision came into force this summer, following the growing strength of the digital market and subsequent decrease in demand for instant film. Moriyama has photographed the city of Tokyo to pay homage to Polaroid photographs, a medium he has used unrelentingly for many years. In a style that hasn’t changed for 40 years, he roamed the streets, smoking out the sights and smells of the city. Alleyways, advertisement boards, posters, commercial displays, and pedestrians... The signature Moriyama world you have seen in monochrome has been lit up in color this time around.



From 2008-11-15 To 2008-12-13

Opening Reception on 2008-11-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Daido Moriyama



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