Galleries / Sure, Daido Moriyama’s photographs at the UH Art Gallery are important, but as you already know (right?), we’ve covered him extensively (see the web-exclusive Q&A at [HonoluluWeekly.com], “Daido Didactically”). There’s also a spread of inspiring prints from local photographer Eric Yanagi on view in Framing Paradise, as well, and it more than warrants a visit before the show closes on Dec. 7.
Yanagi has developed a confident and courageous eye and humble persona as a photographer able to take intimate pictures of complete strangers on the street and in their homes. In his book, Waikiki ’71, Yanagi has collected 110 out of what he estimates to be around 8–9,000 images shot on his state-funded photoventure through Waikiki, documenting the city’s late ‘60s, early ‘70s rapid growth spurt. “Waikiki is instantly recognizable,” Yanagi says of his choice for the city as a subject, “so it had its own intrinsic appeal. But also from a photographic standpoint, it’s going to have a wide variety of people and situations–a [more vast] visual style than other places. Waikiki was also going through a huge change at the time, and some of those places would never be seen again.”
Occupying a room within the gallery, curator Wei Fang and Yanagi have selected 30 images from the ’71 series consisting of strangers rich and poor, street musicians and disparate wanderers, children and the elderly, and capturing the essence of Waikiki as it was then but as it remains–built on the backs of those rarely photographed.