Looking at Chad Moore’s photography makes you feel things. The same could be said of any good art, of course, but Moore’s work is the equivalent of listening to your favorite song from your teen years. It makes you yearn for carefree days and long hot summers.
An alumnus of fellow photographer Ryan McGinley’s NYC studio, which has produced artists such as Sandy Kim and Grace Ahlbom, Moore has spent the last decade intimately documenting the daily lives of his friends.
While Moore’s photos elicit a feeling of nostalgia, he says that’s not his intention. While his current exhibition at the Agnès b. Galerie Boutique in Tokyo is called “Memoria,” Moore rejects the idea that he’s encouraging the viewer to reminisce. “I think some people may think it’s about nostalgia, but really it’s the opposite,” he says. “It’s kind of about looking forward.”
Nostalgia and youth go hand-in-hand, but as Moore points out, his work transcends age. “I’ve been photographing a lot of the same people for the better part of 10 years, so we aren’t all that young anymore,” he says. “That’s the thing that people misconstrue. I guess the energy in the photos gives off an aura of youth, but really it’s not much to do with age.
“I guess my work does have to do with the ‘youthful spirit’ and adventure in some way, but most of all it’s about free thinking. There’s a great Rei Kawakubo quote: ‘My energy comes from freedom and rebellious spirit.’ I’ve always loved that. I mean, she’s 76.”
“Memoria” combines images taken over the last two years with older archival works that haven’t been exhibited in a gallery before. The exhibition is on now and runs until April 28.
Agnès b. Galerie Boutique Tokyo
Minato City, Minamiaoyama 5, Chome−7−25