Catalogue de l’exposition organisée à la galerie Kamel Mennour à Paris du 3 avril au 10 mai 2008 présentant des photos en noir et blanc du photographe japonais, Daido Moriyama et du photographe espagnol, Alberto Garcia-Alix, chacun étant parti à la découverte d’un autre univers que le leur : Pékin pour Alberto Garcia-Alix et Buenos Aires pour Daido Moriyama ; texte de préface de Jenaro Talens, photos en n.b.
Hailing from Japan and Spain respectively, Daido Moriyama and Alberto Garcia-Alix both launched themselves headlong into the world of photography around the age of twenty, choosing as subject matter their contemporaries and epochs.
For what is Daido Moriyama’s second and Alberto Garcia-Alix’s third exhibition at galerie kamel mennour, the pair have chosen to cut across their visions, their temperaments and their territories, there by challenging the East-West dichotomy.
Daido Moriyama, the Easterner, thus presents us with his views of a sensual Buenos-Aires, taken in 2004 and 2005, while Alberto Garcia-Alix, the Westerner, gives us photographs taken during his recent wanderings around Beijing. Buenos-Aires / Beijing: two distant destinations; two short trips (two sojourns of ten days for the former and one of 55 days for the latter), and an opportunity to demonstrate that, despite being far from home, their distinct signatures and styles, their story-telling methods and their ways of recording the world remain the same.