About

Daido Moriyama is a Japanese photographer born on 10 October 1938 in Osaka. He studied graphic design before moving into photography. In 1961, he moved to Tokyo to work with experimental filmmaker and photographer, Eikoh Hosoe as an assistant.

Work

Famous for his high contrast black and white images depicting traditional values and modern society in post war Japan, “A Photo Theatre”, “Farewell Photography”, “Stray Dog, Tights” are his most well known works. His style is described as 'bokeh', 'grainy rough', and 'out-of-focus'.

Daido Moriyama

森山 大道

DOG AND MESH TIGHTS, SOURCE

SHINJUKU, SOURCE

If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is a fossil of light and time.

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Initially known for his provocative street photography, Moriyama’s bold, confrontational style of photography had put Japanese photography on an international stage.

The idea of reproduction was a common theme amongst his works. Often, he would experiment with taking a photograph of a photograph over and over again.

For me, photography is not a means by which to create beautiful art, but a unique way of encountering genuine reality.

daido moriyama

PRETTY WOMAN, SOURCE

HUNTER, SOURCE

Awards

1967

New Artist Award from the Japan Photo Critics Association

1983

Photographer of the Year Award from the Photographic Society of Japan

2003

Mainichi Art Award

2004

Der Kulturpreis (The Cultural Award) der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie Lifetime Achievement Award from The Photographic Society of Japan

2012

ICP Infinity Award, Lifetime Achievement

2018

L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier

2019

The Hasselblad Foundation, International Award in Photography

Last 10 Exhibitions

2016

Daido Tokyo, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris

2015

Daido Moriyama. In Color, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan

2011

On the Road, National Museum of Art, Osaka

2010

Tsugaru, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

2010

Visioni del Mondo, Fotomuseo Giuseppe Panini, Modena, Italy

2008

The 80s, Vintage Prints, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City

2008

Hokkaido, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo

2008

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Studio Guenzani, Milan

2008

bye-bye polaroid, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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