Daido Moriyama, ‘Cherry Blossoms’, 1972, Japan Society Live
Daido Moriyama, ‘Cherry Blossoms’, 1972, Japan Society Live

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Courtesy of Yoshii Gallery

Daido Moriyama emerged on Japan’s experimental photo scene in the 1960s, joining the collective Provoke (1969-70) for the last two issues of its short-lived publication run. Shortly thereafter, Moriyama began to photograph cherry blossoms, a flower which he considers to be part of “Japan’s DNA.” Produced since the early 1970s, these photos are typically shot in the high contrast black and white visual language that characterizes Moriyama’s early practice. Both the tilted angle of the camera as well as the small child standing alone toward the foreground of the composition adds to the somewhat menacing quality of the image: with its burst of bright white petals, it is as though Moriyama has captured the immediate aftermath of an explosion.
Courtesy of Japan Society

Signature: Signed in pencil

About Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama has a self-proclaimed addiction to cities. At age 73, his work still shares the same inclination to record his surroundings as his earliest pictures, taken during the dramatic transformation of 1960s post-war Japan. Moriyama used his camera to document the American military occupation of his country and the dissolution of traditional values experienced alongside accelerated modernization. In a process he maintains today, Moriyama shot with a small hand-held automatic camera, rarely with attention to the viewfinder (firing his shutter as if by machine gun.) In his depictions of city life, Moriyama documents cultural change and chaotic urban experience, typically in grainy, black-and-white, high-contrast images, which he prints himself. Early influences include photographers Eikoh Hosoe, Eugène Atget, Weegee, and William Klein, all who shared a similar affection for the dynamics of city life.

Japanese, b. 1938, Osaka, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan