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ARE BURE BOKE

Pushing the boundaries of taste and decency, Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama subverts traditional culture as well as challenges photographic orthodoxy. His experiments in photographic chance--snapping shots without composing the frame in the viewfinder--display the beauty of imperfection. His exploration of light, shade and abstraction lend a raw urgency to his high-contrast, black and white imagery. A contributor to late sixties experimental magazine, Provoke (Purovōku), Moriyama has with his embrace of the "are bure boke" (rough, blurred and out-of-focus) aesthetic influenced a new generation of Japanese photographers.