'How to create a beautiful picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido', c. 1986 Gelatin silver print, printed 2004. No edition. Signed 'Daido' in Japanese ink on verso. Image: 16¼ x 10¾in. (41.2 x 27.5cm.) Sheet: 17 x 14in. (43.2 x 35.5cm.) In a process he maintains today, Daido Moriyama shoots with a small hand-held automatic camera, rarely with attention to the viewfinder (firing his shutter as if by machine gun.) In his depictions of city life, Moriyama documents cultural change and chaotic urban experience, typically in grainy, black-and-white, high-contrast images, which he prints himself. Early influences include photographers Eikoh Hosoe, Eugène Atget, Weegee, and William Klein, all who shared a similar affection for the dynamics of city life. This particular photograph belongs to a series from a fascination with his girlfriend's fishnet tights - hiding yet revealing her legs. The series expanded to a striking body of work of close-up shots of legs in fine hosiery that speak of the Americanisation of post-war Japan and the increasing eroticism of photographic advertising. Highlighted, the fishnet legs loose their sense and proportion, yet the curve of a hip, thigh or buttock sensually uncovers itself.Price on request.