Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s Tights & Lips series is better put as an Art Obsession rather than an Art Crush. He’s a giant in the Japanese art world and sets eroticism and obscenity on a euphoric stage – one that’s the most important, fired up muscle we exercise every waking minute – our imagination.
The lens master started snapping away in the early 1960s and is widely known for his grainy style and mainly worked out on the street, documenting Tokyo’s urban life during a rapid and ridiculously unique cultural shift that exploded with major American influence. This series stands out from what his work is normally like yet the emotion behind each image stays the same in the magic he’s known for – preserving and observing overlooked details. Dramatic + Simple = Haute!
This latest group of pictures entitled “Tights” is the development of his famous earlier series “How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido” of 1987, a small selection of images depicting close-up shots of legs in fishnets; London-based Michael Hoppen Gallery currently presents his work in an exquisite showcase, with 20 pieces to total the series.
Get a juicy, up-close look at some points of reference from this master’s series: