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Daido Moriyama

b. 1938

Daido Moriyama (b.1938, Osaka) is one of the major voices of Japanese photography. Offering a gritty, crude vision of urban life, Moriyama captures a diaristic experience of wandering city streets. His chaotic, black and white images engage with the fractious emotional condition of postwar Japan, exploring the pervasive tensions between tradition and modernity. A leading exponent of the are-bure-boke (‘rough, blurred, out-of-focus’) approach, Moriyama’s rejection of conventions surrounding documentation and visual legibility liberated subsequent generations of Japanese photographers from the limitations of technical and aesthetic practice.

Moriyama has had major solo shows at The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2008); The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris (2003); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco (1999); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1999); The Fotomuseum, Winterthur (1999) and The Folkwang, Essen (1999). He is the recipient of numerous awards including The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2019), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2018) and Der Kulturpreis (The Cultural Award) der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie (2004).

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Daido Moriyama, Shinjuku, 2004

Silver gelatin print – 100 x 150 cm, 39 3/8 x 59 1/8 ins

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