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Japanese photography exhibitions you shouldn't miss

By WardenLucia 02 Jan 2024

If you're looking to add a splash of culture to your Winter break, we've got the perfect plan for you: explore the mesmerising world of contemporary Japanese photography through two unmissable exhibitions.

Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Hayward Gallery (Southbank). Open until January 7, 2024
Sugimoto, a Tokyo native, has spent the past 50 years crafting pictures that are not just photographs but meticulous pieces of thought-provoking art. The exhibition showcases key works from all his major photographic series, offering a glimpse into Sugimoto's playful yet philosophical exploration of time and memory. His lens captures it all, often using a large-format wooden camera and concocting his darkroom chemicals like a true artistic alchemist. Don't miss this chance to witness how Sugimoto bends and reshapes the fundamental concepts of time, space, and light that define the very essence of photography.

Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective at the Photographer's Gallery near Oxford Street. Open until February 11, 2024. Moriyama, a living legend in the photography realm, has been shaking up perspectives for over sixty years with his gritty, intense images. This retrospective takes you on a visual journey through Moriyama's diverse career, from his early magazine works to his deep dive into the essence of photography itself. With over 200 works and installations, including rare photobooks and magazines, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to delve into the mind of a photographic revolutionary. 

Happy exploring! 📸✨