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Walking with Moriyama is a catalogue published in conjunction with Daido Moriyama’s debut Southeast Asian exhibition at Singapore International Photography Festival 2016. As an extension of the exhibition concept, the catalogue orchestrates a way of understanding the visual language and influence of Daido Moriyama’s work through the lens of Singaporean artist-photographer, Kevin WY Lee.
We worked with Moriyama, who selected 10 images captured by Kevin to be used in the catalogue. Kevin went on to resample the images through multiple exposures and staged them together with found imagery in an imagined walk with Moriyama on the streets of Singapore. In its final form, these images were presented alongside Moriyama’s originals in a custom slipcase. 5 variants of the slipcase were produced using HP Indigo technology, each printed with a different image made by Moriyama.
As a tribute to the Daido Moriyama Printing Show held at the Tate Modern in 2012, visitors who purchased the zine were handed a master copy and asked to reproduce their own with a photocopier. By making a ‘copy of a copy’, the production of the catalogue becomes unique and personal to the individual, who has now been granted a voice in the editing and sequencing process. This gesture hints at what Moriyama has termed ‘a space for instant interaction’ and provokes one to contemplate on the artist’s larger body of ideas and work.