William Klein + Daido Moriyama
Where: Tate Modern
When: November 2012
I love a good bit of street photography and this exhibition didn't disappoint. Split into two sections, one for each artist containing a mix of photography and films that both artists have produced. The first half of the exhibition is dedicated to Klein and kicks off with a short film about Times Square that feels like being thrown into Travis Bickle's New York. In fact the film was shot 15 years before Scorsese's masterpiece. Then there are lots of small "candid" shots of his native New York and his adopted home in Paris. Off to the side was a fascinating short film where Klein explains his working process for capturing the perfect moment on film, watching, waiting for the figure to line up with their environment. There was then a selection of clips from a number of Klein's films. The rest was a little forgettable and played with Klein's notions of image selection as per the earlier short.
First impressions are important, but thankfully in my book they are not the be all and end all. Whilst it's true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, it is equally true that you have all the time in the world to make up for it. I had read about Brawn on one of my favourite internet resources, Chowhound where it was talked up to be a nice, simple, reasonably priced French restaurant, the kind of place that never seems to exist outside of France. Alighting the Overground at Hoxton we were faced with a less than helpful station map as google maps refused to tell me where I was. We then faced a wet walk past what must have been about 20 Vietnamese restaurants only to double back on ourselves through a dark and lonely council estate before arriving at some closed shops and a restaurant with no sign above the door and not many more customers. "Is this it?" "According to google maps I think so, let's go in". After being greeted by a wall of staff behind the bar, one who was practising his 1000 yard stare, the man furthest from us twigged none of his colleagues were going to welcome us in so stepped up to the plate, welcoming us warmly and getting us settled in. After the initial glares the service was decent, though I did get the impression a few of the staff seemed more interested in having a chat behind the bar rather than helping their customer's maximise the dining experience.
William Klein + Daido Moriyama - Tate Modern: Exhibition - 10 October 2012 – 20 January 2013
Brawn - 49 Columbia Rd, Bethnal Green E2 7RG
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