This exhibit extends this line of thinking, with the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama making pictures of Hawaii, using a group of the artist's vintage images of Japan as a counterweight for comparison. The older works provide a reminder of Moriyama's powerful visual vocabulary: dark shadowy images, with skewed off-kilter angles, harsh contrasts, and a rawness that often mixes the gloomy and the menacing. His best images uncover the dark underbelly of the streets, capturing the cultural nuances of Japan in gritty, grainy blackness.
Collector's POV: The large black and white prints in the front room are priced at $9500 each. The smaller vintage prints in the back are either $7500, $10000, or $15000. Moriyama's work has not been widely available in the secondary markets in recent years; it almost seems like there are more of his vintage photobooks running around than his actual prints. Prices have generally ranged between $1000 and $20000, with his well known image Stray Dog, Misawa, Aomori, being a repeated best seller.