Comments/Context: The history of photography is filled with photographers and their muses: Stieglitz, Strand, Callahan, Gowin, the list goes on and on. Motoyuki Daifu follows in these weighty footsteps, making affectionate pictures of a young single mother during her pregnancy and the subsequent birth of her second child. He is undeniably smitten with his subject, and his playful images feel like snapshots from an intimate family album. While the infatuation only lasted six months, the warm energy of his crush lives on in the pictures.
Even though many of these photographs seem quick and ephemeral, quite a few capture a surprising depth of emotion. He is enamored, charmed, and thoroughly fascinated by this woman, and his fondness has the ring of authenticity. We're voyeurs taking in the action second hand, but Daifu's charged atmosphere is a vivid reminder of the spellbound state of young love.
Collector's POV: The photographs in this show are priced as follows. The unframed single images are priced based on size: the 14x17 prints are $1000, the 20x24 prints are $1600, and the 30x40 prints are $3000. The unframed prices of the diptychs are also based on component size: the works made up of 11x14 prints are $1800 and those made up of 20x24 prints are $3200. Daifu's photographs have not yet entered the secondary markets, so gallery retail is likely the only option for interested collectors at this point.
Through March 3rd
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