Sapphire: Little Germany via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

Downtown Manhattan’s Vibrant Scene Crystallizes with a New Launch from the Best-Selling Bremen Brewery: An assortment of 21st-century transplants channel the energy and nightlife of their native Germany into the bakeries, beer gardens and bars of New York’s Lower East Side in this film celebrating Read More

Ticket to LA: Iñaki Aizpitarte via NOWNESS

Day 1: The Paris-based Chef du Jour Imports Some Cali Flavor Into His Kitchen: Grilled avocado and fresh citrus take center plate as culinary hotshot Iñaki Aizpitarte of must-visit Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand preps for his first-ever trip to the Golden State by conjuring his own vision of Californian food culture. Ahead of Read More

Straight Outer Mongolia via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

A forthcoming documentary  from Australian director Benj Binks shows a budding hip-hop underground in Mongolia and how it relates to other oral traditions of the land. Their hip-hop roots seemed to have begun with the fall of Communism there and the messages of the music deal mainly with social issues. See more after the jump. Read More

Mr. Chow: Preparations via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

Been meaning to post this one. A Hypnotic Short from Norbert Schoerner Celebrates the Relaunch of London’s Legendary Canteen to the Stars: “Food and romance go hand in hand, or mouth in mouth,” says lauded Read More

JR: Blow Up via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

The Renegade Artist Spreads His Work Around the Globe in Filmmaker Matt Black’s Latest Portrait: Young people stare up at the sky from a Hong Kong bridge and a meters-long nude odalisque Read More

Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power via NOWNESS

The Legendary Photographer Plunges Into the Dark Corners and Bright Lights of Hong Kong: Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama’s sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country’s New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major retrospectives at the New York Metropolitan Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2008) and, currently, at Tate Modern in tandem with William Klein. His high-contrast, distorted imagery and raw-verging-on-sordid content has influenced the work of countless photographers. Tang’s relationship to the master of harsh street photography is especially poetic: “The Moriyama black has always fascinated me,” the director writes in homage. “A thick slash of heavy black, so overwhelming.” Filmed while Moriyama was in Hong Kong for his first ever solo exhibition there, the short splices examples of his oeuvre with footage of the artist himself, whose short sentences are layered over the industrial beat of the city. The result taps into Moriyama’s engaged, multi-sensory experience of the metropolis, which he investigates using not only sight, but also smell and sound. Observations such as “The past cannot be captured by the present, the present can only be captured in the moment” crystallize what Moriyama refers to as “the mighty power” of photography. Video after the jump.

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