Klein and Moriyama are juxtaposed in a large space in the Tate Modern for a joint exhibition. Both retrospectives span a large range of time in both careers.
Klein hails from NYC, but was mentored as a painter in Paris by Fernand Leger. His work with street photography differs from the likes of Cartier-Bresson in that the viewer is aware of his presence; his subjects are aware of his presence. Experimental photography got him noticed by Alexander Lieberman and he had some of his work published in Vogue.
Moriyama, 10 years Klein's junior, was born in Osaka in Japan before moving to Tokyo. Most of his work is in black and white and he has some compartmentalised series, one inspired by Kerouac's On The Road, which is shot throughout Japan. Somewhat telling, perhaps, of the time and place he was born, but Moriyama's work is less experimental and detached from the viewer.
Personally, I would have liked to have been warmed up by Moriyama's retrospective and moved onto the oft colourful and interactive world of Klein.
The exhibition runs until the 20th of January 2013.