Daido Moriyama, ‘Riffle’, 1987, Boo Hooray

Influenced by Japanese experimentalists such as filmmaker Shuji Terayama and writer Yukio Mishima, Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) is a Japanese photographer known for documenting the landscape and people of neighborhoods left behind by technological and industrial progress. His photos, often out-of-focus, grainy, and and shot in high-contrast, rejected traditional compositional values and revolutionized Japanese street photography. Among the most well-known Japanese photographers of the post-war period, his work has proved to be immensely influential on photographers up to the present.

Moriyama utilized water as a texture throughout many of his photographs, and this grainy high contrast black and white print renders the water murky, black, and seemingly solid, with the light reflecting off of it creating a play of reflections. This photograph was featured in the books Daido Moriyama: The Complete Works, and Daido Moriyama: 80s Vintage Prints.

Gelatin silver print. Annotations on recto. Artist signature on verso.

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

Solo Shows

2012
London ,
Tights and Lips
2012
Amsterdam,
Daido Moriyama - Journey for Something

Group Shows

2017
New York,
Acts of Intimacy: The Erotic Gaze in Japanese Photography
2015
New York,
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979
2014
SBI artfolio, 
Tokyo,
Japanese Photography - Postwar
2014
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 
Portland,
SEVEN
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