Paul Greenfield MFA, ARPS

Daidō Moriyama (1938)

Daidō Moriyama is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the contrast of traditional values and modern society in post-war Japan.[citation needed]

He received the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography in New York in 2004 and the Hasselblad Award in 2019.

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Moriyama studied photography under Takeji Iwamiya (based in Osaka), before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to work as an assistant to the photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years. He produced a collection of photographs, Nippon gekijō shashinchō, which showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialized parts. His subsequent work revolves around the themes of urban mystery, memory, and exploration of the photographic medium.[citation needed]

Moriyama's style is synonymous with that of Provoke magazine, which he was involved with in 1969, namely 'are, bure, bokeh', translated as 'grainy / rough, blurry, and out-of-focus'. Known mostly for his work in black and white, his images often use high contrast and tilted horizons in order to convey the fragmentary nature of modern life.[citation needed] Moriyama often presents his work in the form of photo-books, which he describes as open-ended sites, allowing the reader to decide on the sequence of images that they view. Since 1968, he has published more than 150 photo books.

Sashin yo Sayonara is included in Andrew Roth's The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History, Volume I and the Hasselblad Center's The Open Book.[citation needed]

While Moriyama has been working with colour photography since the 1970s, they were seldom exhibited with the solo presentation Daido Tokyo at Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, in 2016 being the first major solo show to display his colour photographs. Between 2008 and 2015, Moriyama had revisited Tokyo, particularly focusing on the Shinjuku district, to take 86 chromogenic prints (‘Tokyo Colour’ series, 2008–2015) and black-and-white photographs (‘Dog and Mesh Tights’, 2014–2015).[7]

Moriyama's photography has been influenced by Seiryū Inoue, Shōmei Tōmatsu, William Klein, Andy Warhol,[8] Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, the dramatist Shūji Terayama and Jack Kerouac's On the Road

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