Photographs by Daido Moriyama

Photographs by Daido Moriyama

Japanese Photographer, Daido Moriyama, is celebrated for his controversial and authentic approach to photography that displays city life in Japan. It could be argued that Moriyama is the most notable artist to emerge from the “Provoke” movement that helped liberate photography from tradition and encouraged experimentation of the medium.

Born in 1938, his most famous work surrounds the dramatic transformation of 1960s post-war Japan. He used his camera to document the American military occupation of his country and the dissolution of traditional values experienced alongside accelerated modernization. Moriyama photographs cultural change and urban experience, often in black-and-white high-contrast images, which he prints himself. “The city has everything: comedy, tragedy, eulogy, eroticism,” he stated.  “It is the ideal setting, the place where people’s desires are interwoven. It has remained and will always remain my natural element.”

Artwork

Untitled, 2012 by Daido Moriyama
Untitled, 2012 by Daido Moriyama
Untitled, 2012 by Daido Moriyama
Paris, 1988 - 1989 by Daido Moriyama
Paris, 1988 – 1989 by Daido Moriyama
Paris, 1988 – 1989 by Daido Moriyama
Kanagawa, Japan, 1969 by Daido Moriyama
Kanagawa, Japan, 1969 by Daido Moriyama
Kanagawa, Japan, 1969 by Daido Moriyama
Hokkaido, Japan,1978 by Daido Moriyama
Hokkaido, Japan,1978 by Daido Moriyama
Hokkaido, Japan,1978 by Daido Moriyama
Tokyo, Japan, 1969 by Daido Moriyama
Tokyo, Japan,1969 by Daido Moriyama
Tokyo, Japan,1969 by Daido Moriyama