Photographer Daido Moriyama reflects on the rebellious youth culture of late 1960s Japan, a period when he and his colleagues were working on the avant-garde photography magazine Provoke (1968–69). He discusses his attempt to deconstruct the medium in his series Shashin yo sayonara (Farewell Photography) (1972), though it ultimately deconstructed him.
Mirage swings between the dynamic of a lover’s intimate photographs and those of a lonely stalker. By Owen Campbell, ASX, March 2015 The standard, reflexive way of referring to Mirage (2013), White and Vinegar (2012), and Dazai (2014) would be “three books by the photographer Daido Moriyama, as well as a story by Osamu […]
Honesty and reality are the wrong type of word to describe the work of a man with a camera. Labyrinth especially is not photography representing reality, but photography representing photography.
One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional […]
Daido Moriyama first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His intense and intimate approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography. Moving to […]
Bye Bye Photography. The photographer’s third book: a masterpiece of Japanese photography, and the book that best illustrates the conceptual ideals and vision of the Provoke photographers. Here Moriyama pushes the boundaries of the medium: assembling images from a variety of sources, placing them in a tumultuous and discordant anti-sequence, and assaulting the viewer with […]
On December 15th, 2012, Polka Galerie had the honour to host Daido Moriyama for an extraordinary event: The Silkscreen Workshop. During an entire afternoon, the Japanese master, who came to Paris especially for this, helped the workshop participants create a silkscreen. In an atmosphere reminiscent of a factory, the “apprentice-for-a-day” chose one of five […]
Daido Moriyama uses an ordinary compact camera and never stops shooting. He is one of Japan’s most celebrated photographers. In this film, Daido Moriyama “In Pictures”, we are invited into his studio and takes us on a walk around the atmospheric Shinjuku neighbourhood, his home from home in Tokyo.
#21 – Daido Moriyama http://www.japansociety.org/webcast/an-evening-with-daido-moriyama Before his discussion at Japan Society and re-staging of PRINTING SHOW at Aperture Foundation in New York City, we sat down with iconic Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama to talk about his career, interests and future projects.