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Barbican London: Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata


Barbican Art Gallery presents Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, featuring photography from Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata.

 Daido Moriyama from Japan Photo Theatre, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Daido Moriyama from Japan Photo Theatre, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

 Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery

Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery

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Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.

Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens.

Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. 

Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata showcase work shot on the streets of Tokyo - Moriyama presents his seminal 1968 work Japan Photo Theatre focusing on street performers whilst Kurata brings Flash Up, a series capturing gang culture in the Ikebukero and Shinjuku districts.