Tokyo Revisited

by Danilo Brunetti

Describing themselves as “stray dogs that roam the city unconsciously looking around,” Daidō Moriyama and Shōmei Tōmatsu take photos of everyone who moves in front of them. Tokyo, long considered one of the most fascinating cities in the world, offers a wealth of inspiration for artistic creation, and street photography represents perhaps its most original expression.

Japanese photographer Daidō  Moriyama (b. 1938) and his teacher Shōmei Tōmatsu (1930–2012) have spent their lives exploring the realities of post-war Japanese society and its contemporary evolution through their camera lenses, Tōmatsu capturing socially and politically engaging scenes, and Moriyama investigating consumer society. In the joint exhibit Tokyo Revisited at the MAXXI, visitors are invited to discover a city poised between its historic ruins and its projections for tomorrow. Opens 15 April.