Tokyo

Daido Moriyama

Taka Ishii Gallery

Digitization has brought big changes to the memory industry. One is the demise of analog photography with instant self-developing film, aka the Polaroid camera. The Polaroid Corporation discontinued the production of its film in 2008 (Fujifilm continues its line of instant-photo systems). Among those mourning the anticipated disappearance of the medium is Daido Moriyama. “For more than half a century, Polaroid enabled the dream for instantly visible pictures to become reality,” he writes. “I have to write this in the past tense because Polaroid ended the production of instant films this summer. So I thought about holding an exhibition of Polaroids to say goodbye to the medium personally.” The exhibition, “bye-bye polaroid,” included 504 images taken in Tokyo between April and October of 2008. It coincided with a series of shows of the artist’s work at venues around Tokyo: a two-person show

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