Daido Moriyama | Printing Show

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I was lucky enough to attend this one-day event held at Tate Modern.  Printing Show was a rare opportunity for participants to create their own numbered limited-edition photobook by the renowned master of Japanese photography, Daido Moriyama. Each participant edited and sequenced their own copy, which was staple-bound with a silk-screened cover and signed by the artist, during this performative event. The entire book-making process happened live on site in full view. The photobook generated during this performance is entitled MENU.

Printing Show featured a menu of over 90 images from Moriyama’s oeuvre, including recent colour photographs. The event is a re-staging of DAIDO MORIYAMA PRINTING SHOW, which took place in Tokyo in 1974. Instead of mounting photographic prints on the gallery walls, Moriyama installed a photocopy machine and silk-screen printing station, generating individualised photobooks composed of photocopied sheets, staple-bound inside a silk-screened cover. Entitled Another Country in New York, the book made use of photographs that the artist shot while in New York City in the winter of 1971.

PRINTING SHOW is a Goliga project organised by Ivan Vartanian and coincides with the William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition at Tate Modern.
 

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