Room 9: Liberation: 1960s – 1980s

In 1964, Bert Stern produced an image of fashion photographer David Bailey lying on the ground snapping his model Veruschka von Lehndorff towering over him. The photograph anticipates the more aggressive relationship between photography, fashion and celebrity that marked much of the 1970s and 1980s. Celebrity photographers resorted to more aggressive tactics to get exclusives. Ron Galella, whose unauthorised images of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall are shown here, is one of the most renowned American paparazzi.

Ron Galella Woody Allen / Mia Farrow September 18, 1980 New York City Exclusive – Woody Allen and Mia Farrow heading for dinner in Greenwich Village 1980

Photography was increasingly a platform for political statement and social protest, such as Richard Avedon’s portrait of the Chicago Seven. This group of anti-Vietnam war activists were accused of instigating a demonstration at the Democratic Party convention that ended in violence. Avedon took them off the streets and into the studio, posing them as if they were pop stars.

Samuel Fosso From a series of self portraits Untitled 1976

In Tokyo, Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki forged highly experimental street photography practices. Moriyama’s raw and gritty images show a disturbing urban society. Araki’s early conceptual work Tokyo paired images of passers-by taken on the streets with erotically staged pictures of a young woman, often taken indoors. Like Robert Mapplethorpe, Araki has been regularly accused of treading over the contested line between art and pornography.

Street & Studio Other works in Room 9

Street and Studio; past exhibition at Tate Modern, room guide

See also

Tate Modern Exhibition

William Klein + Daido Moriyama

10 Oct 2012 – 20 Jan 2013
Tate Modern exhibition William Klein + Daido Moriyama explores relationship between both men’s work. 10 October 2012 - 20 January 2013

Daido Moriyama: Erotic City

Daido Moriyama talks of capturing the eroticism of Tokyo city life in his rapid fire, grainy photographs


Daido Moriyama: In Pictures

Daido Moriyama uses an ordinary compact camera and never stops shooting. He is one of Japan's most celebrated photographers.