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Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama. A modern master of photography. Defining himself as an expressionist, Moriyama is without a doubt one of the most important Japanese photographers. He is part of the generation that grew up after the WWII and Japan’s surrender to the allies. Throughout his career Moriyama has portrayed the everyday life in post war Japan. During that period, there was a radicalization of the arts in the biggest cities of the country.

“Chaotic everyday existence is what I think Japan is all about,” he has said. “This kind of theatricality is not just a metaphor but is also, I think, our actual reality.” His impressive work has caught the eye of many important artists and other photographers from all over the world. He has worked as an assistant for Eikoh Hosoe, a movie director and fellow photographer. He has also collaborated with giants like William Klein and Andy Warhol.

While living in New York, Moriyama depicted the cosmopolitan culture in his work perfectly. He liked the jazz music, to the honky-tonk joints and the heterogeneity of the bars and their clients, and the exuberance of the soldiers who returned from Vietnam. The nonpolitical Moriyama found in the rich complexities and dark ambiguities of the times his special subject. He helped many amateur photography magazines that got published during these times and published many books himself later on. He also hitchhiked through many cities in America, while taking photos through the windows of diners and cars, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road . More recently Moriyama has taken up color, which he employed infrequently in the 1970s. These new color pictures, made with a special camera, have injected a directness, even a sense of normalcy, in contradistinction to the rawer work of the earlier years.

Throughout the years, he has had many exhibitions and his work has been decorated countless times.

Daido Moriyama Photography
Photo by Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama Photography

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