Daido Moriyama, ‘Nikko Toshogu’, 1977, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

One of Japan's best known living photographers, Daidō Moriyama emerged on the experimental photo scene in Japan in the late 1960s, when he joined the collective photo journal "Provoke." His images from that period, depicting Tokyo's darker side in the are bure boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) style, were compiled in "Farewell, Photography" (1970), a landmark of the post-modern photobook. This 1977 photograph of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko typifies Moriyama’s later practice, when he shifted toward a slicker, more polished idiom. Moriyama's photography was the subject of the 1999 retrospective "Stray Dog" and was also featured in the 2015 exhibition "For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979, both at Japan Society."


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Image rights: Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, New York, © Daidō Moriyama Photo Foundation

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